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Streit's Shuts Down After 90 Years: The LES No Longer Smells of Fresh Matzo

Say a final, crumb-covered farewell.

Devra Ferst

For the first time in 90 years, Streit's Matzo Factory isn't making matzo. The family, which has been making matzo on the Lower East Side for five generations is packing up its things and moving, after having sold its four former tenements for $30.5 million this spring. That move should take a month or two, but it's unclear where everything, including stockpiled inventory the team produced this spring and the factory's Rube Goldberg-esque machines, will move to. Some of it will likely end up in the family's second plant in New Jersey where it makes its non-matzo kosher products. And, where the matzo making facility will reopen is anyone's guess. By Passover this past April, the owners still hadn't found a new space.

For those who are in mourning, there's a documentary about the matzo giant. Open up a box of matzo and check out the trailer for Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream below: