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Smoked Fish Factory For Sale in Brooklyn

Service Smoked Fish, founded in 1934, puts longtime plant on the market

Zachary Schrieber
December 10, 2014
Service Smoked Fish's factory in Brooklyn, N.Y. (YouTube)
Service Smoked Fish's factory in Brooklyn, N.Y. (YouTube)

Jay Wiener, the owner of Service Smoked Fish in Brooklyn, has put the company’s factory on the market for $9.75 million, the Brooklyn Paper reports. Wiener indicated he’d sell the company itself as well, for the right price.

Founded in 1934 by Jay’s father Nathan Wiener, the business supplies establishments like Zabar’s and Russ & Daughters with schools of smoked and kippered salmon and other cured products.

Smoked salmon—different than lox, which refers to a much saltier version of cured salmon—has come to be regarded as a delicacy among Jews, reserved for the most sacred of all meals: Sunday morning brunch.

Service Smoked Fish moved to its current location at the corner of Throop Avenue and Walton Street in 1955. According to its website, the company is the oldest continuing smoked fish operation in New York City.

If Service sells, the Brooklyn Paper points out, only two smoked fish factories will remain in the borough: Greenpoint’s Acme Smoked Fish and Coney Island’s Banner.

Zack Schrieber is an intern at Tablet Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @zschrieber.