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Katzinger’s Delicatessen Celebrates 25 Years

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Throughout the month of October, Katzinger’s Delicatessen will be celebrating a quarter century of serving sandwiches in German Village. A variety of special events will be held to mark the occasion, including wine and food tastings, a community open house, and a birthday cake giveaway day.

The original 32-seat Katzinger’s Deli was opened in 1984 by owner Diane Warren and her former-husband and partner Steve Warren. “One day, shortly after we returned to Columbus from Chicago, Steve asked if I wanted to open a deli,” recalled Diane. “I said ‘I do If you do’! We had no idea of the impact that it would have on the community.”

Some of that community impact includes employing over 2,000 people during the past 25 years, and serving over 20 tons of corned beef every year. “Approximately 9,000 sandwiches are currently being sold each month,” added Diane. “We also give away nearly 100 barrels of pickles to our customers for free every month.”

Over the years, Katzinger’s has also become known for their list of celebrity visitors which includes Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, the Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Governor Ted Strickland, Senator John Glenn, Senator John Kerry, Vice President Joe Biden, and former president Bill Clinton.

The three main anniversary events coming up are listed below:

  • Open House on October 1: The deli will be open to patrons from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for food and wine tastings and more. Tickets are $5, and all proceeds will benefit Columbus Cancer Clinic.
  • Deli Favorites Tasting on October 14: This tasting will feature the best-selling items from over the years, including cheeses, breads, and preserves. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Guests can purchase $5 raffle tickets (available in advance through Sept & Oct) or donate five canned food items for chance to win $500 in Katzinger’s gift certificates or a specialty foods gift basket valued at $500. Proceeds to benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
  • Birthday Cake Day on October 18: Free house-made birthday cake with every purchase.

More information can be found online at Katzingers.com.

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5 Responses to Katzinger’s Delicatessen Celebrates 25 Years

  1. turbo ninja September 10, 2009 1:16 pm at 1:16 pm

    Katzinger’s has my favorite $12 club sandwich in town.

    I know food service is a fickle industry but one relatively small restaurant employing over 2,000 people in a span of 25 years doesn’t sound like a brag-worthy accomplishment.  I’ve been in the neighborhood for almost 10 years myself and I can’t believe an average of 800 employees have come and gone in that time.  It’s not exactly a seasonal place that needs to staff up during touristy times.  Who are all these people?

  2. ZHC September 10, 2009 7:21 pm at 7:21 pm

    Congratulations Diane and Katzinger’s Crew!

    -The Zettlers

  3. Mercurius September 10, 2009 9:39 pm at 9:39 pm

    Meh, name me something they carry and I’ll tell you either where to get it better or cheaper.

  4. Elizabeth Lessner
    lizless September 13, 2009 8:49 pm at 8:49 pm

    yay to diane & katzingers! eat more pickles!

  5. Jimbo Jones
    Jimbo Jones October 6, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am

    Does anyone know if Katzinger’s is in any way related to Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor? 

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