By Jerry Barmash, Patch Staff
WOODBURY, NY — When it comes to hot dogs and corned beef sandwiches, Ben’s Kosher
Deli has been a fan favorite for years, 50 to be precise.
So, owner Ronald “Ronnie” Dragoon, who founded the restaurants, is saying thank you to patrons with special deals throughout the year, such as a $19.72 meal for one, or a $50 family package.
But it’s bittersweet, as the last two years have been the most challenging for Dragoon.
“I’m a consumer and I feel my prices are too high,” Dragoon admits. “I have no choice. It’s either that or go out of business.”
Dragoon was forced to shut his Scarsdale location since the pandemic created havoc.
There are Ben’s in Woodbury, Greenvale and Carle Place. His first location in Baldwin closed years ago. His largest square footage is in Boca Raton.
Dragoon is dealing with supply chain problems, leading to kosher meats, at times, doubling their price. Plus, there has been a severe backlog getting bologna, salami and knockwurst from the distributor.