TOPEKA (KSNT) – After decades of serving cold plates and hot pickles, Porubsky’s Deli in Topeka is closing up shop, according to the family.
27 News spoke to the nephew, Matthew, of current owner Charlie Porubsky, Jr., who inherited the family business from his parents Charles Sr. and Lydia Porubsky. The couple established Porubsky’s Deli 75 years ago, which had its final day in business on April 30, 2022, according to Matt.
Matt said the family is, “very grateful to serve the Topeka community, Kansas and the international community as a whole.” Matt worked there growing up and created a documentary on the deli 12 years ago. Most recently, he created a 10-year anniversary version. The original can be found at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, according to Matt.
As of now, Matthew said there are no plans for the future. The family is going to focus on taking a breather and, “come to terms with the change.”
The deli was located in the Little Russia neighborhood at 508 NE Sardou Avenue in Topeka. It’s featured on several travel websites as a highlight in the capital city.
Kansas Senator Jerry Moran also commented on the closing of Porubsky’s via Facebook on Thursday:
For decades, the Porubsky family served up hot bowls of chili, cold-cut sandwiches, spicy pickles & warm conversations. It was a place where you went to know people and be known. And be known so well, your sandwich is made before you even made it to the counter to order. Porubsky’s will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say one last time: “No better food, no finer people. C.W. Porubsky’s has been my favorite since 1988.”Sen. Jerry Moran