New delicatessen draws a crowd to Reisterstown

January 10, 2012

Perhaps the fourth time is the charm, as 21 Main Street is once again home to a delicatessen in Reisterstown. Bubb's opened it doors back on Sept. 12 and is serving the most diverse crowds I've seen grace the neighborhood, with an equally diverse menu.

Owners Karrol and Ronnie Kowitz and Joe and Nancy Kowitz are no strangers to the food and beverage industry. The off-spring of Holocaust survivors Ben and Shirley Kowitz, the family began its career in corner grocery stores referred to as "Superettes." They owned the E-Zee on Elm Avenue in Hampden, the one on Falls Road in Hampden, and a half a dozen others throughout the metro area. From Superettes, the Kowitzes went on to own and operate four Pantry Pride stores.

The name "Bubb's" came from the Yiddish word for grandmother (bubbeh) the Kowitzes accorded their grandmother, the matriarch of the clan. It is versions of her recipes that comprise the menu. However, the baking done on premises largely by Karrol is hers and hers alone as the former owner of her own business, Golden Girls Gourmet.

Bubb's serves three different soups daily. Of course, chicken noodle and chicken matzoh ball are requisites. There is also the soup of the day. They offer a house-made chopped liver, white fish salad, knishes, cole slaw, potato salad, bagels baked on the premises and traditional deli meats. Saturday mornings finds the place packed with members of Motorcycle Club Five, seeking sustenance before their morning ride. Later, neighbors begin coming in for breakfast and takeout deli selections, and to order trays and party platters for the weekend poker game or football gathering. Sunday mornings find the area's churchgoers stopping by for breakfast. .

In the same shopping center on Main Street as Bubb's are the new offices of the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce at 25-B Main Street, in the office building at the back.

Executive Director Brian Ditto and his devoted sidekick Jerry Benesch were hard at work when I stopped by, though they were without heat on what was the coldest day since February 2011.

Upcoming chamber events include a Brown Bag Lunch on Feb. 7, which will be hosted by FutureCare-Cherrywood.

The Glyndon Community Association is gearing up for Valentine's Day. On Saturday, Feb. 11 it will hold "Love & Diamonds Over the Valley" at the historic Sagamore Farmhouse from 7 to 11 p.m.

The event, which is black tie optional, is only open to 100 ticket holders at a cost of $100 per person, and $175 per couple. I think the vista alone would be worth the price of admission, as well as entre to the home once owned by Margaret Emerson, heiress of the Bromo Seltzer fortune. Maryland native Kevin Plank of Under Armour purchased the property when it became available in 2008 and has restored it.

Tickets are available by check, made out to GCA, P.O. Box 86, Glyndon, MD 21071. Additional info can be had by going to All proceeds benefit the community of Glyndon.

A very special birthday wish to: Gertrude (Gertie) Brownstein (100), Richard (Dick) Butler (80), Adeline Donner (101), Bernard Amernick (90) and Norman DuBois (80).

Congratulations on your milestone wedding anniversary: Roberta and David Ehrenreich (50), Sheila and Rabbi Gustav Buchdahl (50), and Lillian and Willard Hackerman (70).

Mazel Tov on the Bat Mitzvah of Ilyssa Rubin.

Best wishes for wedded bliss on the marriage of Monica Fine to David Rosen, and on the engagement of Dena Elizabeth Leavey to Chad Schreier.

Wishing a complete and speedy recovery to Melvin Steinberg.

My condolences on the passing of Gus Kosmakos.

Look for my next column on Thursday, Feb. 9.

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