The end of America’s months-long knish drought may be in sight. Gabila’s knish factory in Copiague, Long Island announced that they had received a new custom made knish machine to replace the one damaged in a fire last September.
“It’s very intense right now,” said Stacey Ziskin Gabay, executive vice president of the company, referring to the days since the machine arrived. The company must now pass inspection from the local fire marshal before resuming production, which could be any day now.
But the company has been promising the return of the signature potato knishes every month since November, and hasn’t yet delivered.
Gabila’s is the largest producer of knishes in the country, supplying everything from Costco stores to hot dog carts to the legendary Katz’s Deli. The signature Coney Island Square Knish is fried, as opposed to the traditional round, baked knishes.
The company was founded by Bella Gabay on New York’s Lower East Side in the early part of the century, and moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 1928. Production then moved to Long Island in 2006.
The lack of the popular treats became a media sensation, garnering coverage in national outlets like the Wall Street Journal and Fox News. Recipes even surfaced for homemade versions of the fried square knish to sustain fans. Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong remarked that investigators looking into the knish factory fire “suspect knarson.”