Josie's New York Deli

Josie's New York Deli, a nearly 40-year-old eatery that temporarily closed in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to reopen in early spring in a renovated space at 14 Centre Square in downtown Easton. 

EASTON, Pa. - After a three-year hiatus, a beloved Easton eatery is set to reopen in 2023, just in time to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Josie's New York Deli, which temporarily closed in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to reopen in early spring in its "completely renovated" digs at 14 Centre Square, owner Josie Koury said.

"I can't wait to be back," Koury said. "I miss my customers so much. When I see them in the store, they ask me, 'When are you going to reopen? We are hungry for a tuna sandwich!'"

The updated Josie's will feature "new everything," Koury said, including new plumbing, electrical wiring, drywall and kitchen equipment.

"We have a brand new hood and gas grill," Koury said. "I'll now be able to cook much faster than before."

While the deli's space is getting overhauled, its menu is staying the same, with the exception of a few additions.

Staple sandwiches such as piled-high pastrami and made-from-scratch chicken salad will return alongside other longtime favorite dishes such as beef barley and chicken and rice soups, macaroni and potato salads and rice pudding.

New features will include wraps such as chicken, kofta and falafel.

"We'll still have all the same sandwiches - like the roast beef, corned beef, pastrami, ham and turkey," Koury said. "I'm also going to be offering some Lebanese pastries, which are also very popular."

Koury opened Josie’s with her late husband, Michael J. Koury, in 1983.

The couple built a loyal following, offering fresh eats and friendly service to downtown Easton residents, workers and visitors.

"I can't wait to be back," Koury repeated. "My customers are the best."

The road to reopening has been a winding one for Josie's.

Last year, Eureka Plant Based Foods, a vegan deli and grocery store in Phillipsburg, announced plans to move into the Centre Square space alongside Josie's. Those plans fell through, however, with Eureka announcing its plans to permanently close a few months later.

Koury shifted gears, deciding to fully renovate the space instead.

The ceiling was upgraded, a new HVAC unit was installed and an interior wall was knocked down, allowing for a more open-concept dining area.

The new dining room, accommodating 55 customers, will feature gray and white, Italian tile flooring, black and white tiles on the walls and black tables and chairs.

The deli's exterior also got a facelift, with new doors, windows and signage.

"My grandchildren always wanted this deli to be remodeled, and they're going to be very happy with it," Koury said. "It's taken a long time, but doing things well takes time."

To stay up-to-date on Josie's happenings, follow the business' social media page.