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Ben’s Deli Boca Raton Doesn’t Want Your Business

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Employee Seen Without Mask.

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No mask on this worker at Ben’s Deli, where there’s no phone or online orders accepted and social distancing is requested but not enforced.

UPDATED: With latest violations from Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — Ben’s Delicatessen in the Reserve Shopping Center (Clint Moore and 441) doesn’t want your business. While other restaurants are doing everything they can to stay afloat, Ben’s management is complaining that it has too much business, so is refusing online or phone orders — creating a social distancing issue at its store. While passing inspection, the restaurant received 3 high priority violations, five intermediate violations and 3 basic violations during its most recent review on November 4th, 2020. The violations are listed below.

It also appears to have a mask problem with at least one employee. The woman above was seen not wearing a mask for at least half an hour.

Ben’s Boca Raton will not accept phone or online orders, not offer curbside pickup.

A line Friday evening was inexplicably lengthy because the restaurant refused to accept online or phone orders as the Hanukkah holiday entered its second night.

Manager Joseph Alberti angrily told that the restaurant can’t handle online or phone orders and doesn’t have to. He said anyone who doesn’t want to wait in a line should go somewhere else.

Other restaurants in the area are going out of their way to ensure customer safety by promoting curbside and other contactless options.

It was not immediately clear when Palm Beach County’s COVID Education and Compliance Team last visited the location.

But the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspected Ben’s Kosher Deli on November 4th. While it “met inspection standards” during the visit, inspectors did list 11 violations, including three high priority violations. Among the violations:

“High Priority — Shell eggs held at room temperature with an ambient air temperature greater than 45 degrees (F) at kitchen being held less than four hours. Employee ice down on food. ***Repeat Violation.***”

“High Priority — Shell eggs in use or stored with cracks or broken shells at prep station. Employee discarded eggs.”

“High Priority — Time/temperature control for safety food hot held at less than 135 degrees (F) or above. Potato Knish 124 (degrees) at front grill station being held less than four hours. Employee time marked on food. ***Repeat Violation***. Read the complete report, below.

Ben’s other locations include Bayside, New York; Carlilse Place, New York; Greenvale, New York; Manhattan; Scarsdale, NY; and Woodbury, New York.

Here is the complete inspection report for Ben’s Kosher in Boca Raton. If you are reading in a news app, use this link to access.



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7 thoughts on “Ben’s Deli Boca Raton Doesn’t Want Your Business

  1. This is Florida We don’t force people to wear masks. For those who want to wear a mask go right ahead No one’s going to stop you but we’re not going to force you to do it. As for employees not wearing mask I’ve seen it at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and many shops where the employees pull the mask down below the nose or are not wearing it entirely. So before you start picking on Jewish businesses, we here in Florida are not going to take that lightly. I suggest you move to New York.

    1. I’m not sure if you noticed, but there is a pandemic going on. Maybe try being a little more considerate? Especially since the number of infected is on the rise in our area and that this virus is more dangerous for elders in which there is a large amount of that population here. No one is picking on individual businesses due to their religion, so I don’t know why you are even trying to start that.

  2. Bens should be shut down….as for the governor he should be arrested or even better put in a hospital with Covid patients so he realizes what he is doing to others…he is shameful

  3. It’s true that our governor, Trump Bagman DiSantis, hasn’t mandated anything, this ON NOT a Jewish thing. Common sense and consideration would dictate a food business doing everything reasonable to ensure safety for customers and workers. Wearing a mask and social distancing is so easy to do. After reading this account, I will not be patronizing Ben’s. I hope the staff and management figured it out sometime soon. As for the state…. If DiDantis and his cronies really cared about the people, Ben’s would be shut down.
    ED. NOTE: You are correct and to make a point: our coverage on Thursday and Friday, exposing the anti-semitic incident at the Publix — just yards away from Ben’s — was lauded by some of the same people slamming us now. Talk about double standard. Reporting on Publix not taking decisive action when a man allegedly screams anti-semitic statements is “excellent reporting,” but when we report on a Kosher deli operating in a manner inconsistent with current norms for restaurants, we are anti-semitic ourselves.

    1. I feel sorry for anyone running a business now during these terrible times… The slow down in revenue…employees loosing hours…Its very hard now… give them a break… BENS was always good👍

  4. No surprises at all. The way Florida has handled the mask situation has been appalling. The fact that people support it is even worse.

    Now, I grew up in Queens, right by the Bay Terrace Bens. They were pricks back then, and it sounds like the pricks moved down to Boca. How they can possibly be busy, with their attitudes and their ridiculous prices is beyond me. Personally, I won’t ever go to Bens again, either down here or when I go up to NY. There are better delis, where they want your business and charge more realistic prices.

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