Brothers Marc Brummer (left) and Michael Brummer (right), the owners of Hobby’s Deli. The Brummer family has owned Hobby’s since 1962, but it has been closed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and will reopen soon after a major renovation.
Paul Zimmerman | For NJ Advance Media

Thirty years ago this September, a devastating fire tore through Hobbys, scorching the ceiling, damaging the kitchen and forcing the Newark delicatessen to shutter for nine months.

When Hobby’s finally reopened in spring 1993, lines stretched around the corner and down Halsey Street as devout customers waited two hours for the deli’s prized pastrami.

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