KATZY’S will remain one of Sydney’s few kosher outlets when new owner Brian Ziman takes over from Martin Katz on January 1.
“There are rumours that I’m going to change everything but I don’t plan to because I’m excited to meet the community and keep Katzy’s the same,” Ziman said.
“Down the line, I would like to add some new ideas to the menu and bring my 22 years of experience in the restaurant industry from Johannesburg.”
Ziman immigrated from South Africa and arrived in Sydney on Monday. He will spend a month working side-by-side with Katz.
“I’ve been to Sydney before and I love Sydney.
“I think the position of Katzy’s and the operation is really good and I believe that I can do a lot to make it a little better without changing the business.”
Ziman’s new venture in Australia means the end of an era for Katz, who has owned the business for more than a decade.
“It wasn’t like I woke up on any given day and decided to sell Katzy’s but I realise that ultimately I had been travelling back and forth from New York a lot and I want to spend more time with my wife in New York,” Katz said.
“I also felt that Katzy’s deserved to have the owner on the premises at all times to keep upgrading so our customers who have been loyal to us for so long keep getting a different product.”
He said it was tough to leave, but the timing was right.
“It’s been a long road because a lot of sweat, tears and hard work has gone into this but I need to look forward to the next chapter of my life.
“The most special part is that you get to know a hell of a lot of people in the community and over the years I’ve made a lot of great friends and it has been a great journey. It’s the people that I will miss the most.”
Martin Katz has sold Katzy’s after more than a decade behind the counter