Gabila’s knishes are back after fire

March 5, 2014 by  

Following the arrival of a new knish machine, Gabila’s Knishes are once again able to produce the potato dumpling that made them famous.

The new machine, which had to be custom-made to produce the square delicacy, arrived at Gabila’s factory in Copiague almost five months after a fire destroyed the previous machinery. The company also had to wait for clearance from the fire marshal before the knish maker could be put through a practice run.

Gabila’s is the only mass-scale producer of knishes in the country, with the factory producing about 13 million of the dough-covered products a year before the fire brought production to a halt. Knishes are said to account for about three quarters of the company’s total revenue, meaning that the fire had greatly affected its business.

Founded in 1921 by Bella and Elia Gabay, Gabila’s Knishes also makes a number of other products, including round knishes that are baked, rather than fried, along with potato pancakes and blintzes.

Knishes became popular in the U.S. following the arrival of Eastern European immigrants during the early 1900s, with the word ‘knish’ being a Yiddish term that means ‘cake’ or ‘dumpling’.

Once production is fully up and running, Gabila’s may look to hire the services of a printing company to get the word out around the Copiague and Lindenhurst area.