Streit’s Matzos, the Lower East Side matzo factory that opened in 1925 and has been passed down through five generations of the Streit family, will move out of New York City sometime after the 2015 Passover, reports Bowery Boogie.
Employees learned just this week that the factory site, at 148-154 Rivington Street, has been taken over by a developer, whose plans for it are yet unknown.
"Anything can happen right now, but this is a very, very sad time," Alan Adler, co-owner and the great-grandson of founder Aron Streit, told Crain’s New York. "I've been coming to this factory since I was kid, and we have spent our whole lives here."
As the family searches for a permanent location elsewhere in New York, production will move temporarily to another factory in New Jersey. Streit’s 30 employees will reportedly be offered positions at the new factory, but firm decisions are still to be made.
"Of course, there is a bit of a romanticism about where our product is being made in the Lower East Side," said Adler, "but no matter what, our matzo will taste the same."
Streit’s Matzos is the subject of a documentary film, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream. Watch the trailer below: