Updated 6/16: SHALOM CHAI HAS OFFICIALLY CLOSED. THERE ARE NO MORE KOSHER RESTAURANTS LEFT ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE.
Despite a few recent articles purporting to the closure of Shalom Chai Pizza being closed, they are in fact open, according to local residents we spoke to today.
- BoweryBoogie.com reported a few weeks ago that it was closed due to health violations, but that was erroneous.
- Yesterday, the Forward republished the findings of that original article, stating that the last of the Lower East Side’s kosher restaurants have closed.
Having said that, there’s no telling how much longer Shalom Chai will stay open, or if any other kosher restaurants will replace it in the area. One thing’s for certain, kosher options in that neighborhood are definitely on the decline, and may possibly become extinct soon, just not yet.