Streit’s Matzo, the last family-owned matzo factory in the United States, is leaving the Lower East Side after 90 years.
Founded in 1925 by Aron Streit, the business is run out of four low-slung brick tenement buildings at 148-154 Rivington Street. A developer has purchased the property, and it’s uncertain what’s next for the site, according to Bowery Boogie, which first reported the story.
The roughly 60-employee factory produces 40 percent of the nation’s matzo, unleavened bread traditionally eaten by Jewish people during Passover. The company will move operations to Moonachie, NJ, owner Alan Adler told the New York Daily News. “It will be a sad day when we turn off all the lights and shut the doors. We’ll miss our customers,” Adler said.
Streit’s will continue producing matzo in the Lower East Side through the Jewish holidays in the spring.
Filmmaker Michael Levine had been shooting at the factory for his upcoming documentary, Streit’s Matzo and the American Dream, when the announcement came. Trailer below: