Lovey Borenstein

Just shy of her 90th birthday, Lovey Borenstein the matriarch of the Borenstein family and co-founder of Chompie’s Deli passed away recently according to her family. The Queens NY native, Lovey with her husband Lou and children Mark, Neal and Wendy opened Chompie’s Bagel Factory in 1979 in north Phoenix not far from its current 32nd St & Cactus location. She would’ve celebrated her birthday on April 22nd during Passover and the Borenstein family is having a Celebration of Life the day before on Sunday, April 21st at the 32nd St. restaurant and bakery.

“Lovey Borenstein loved everyone. Our one-of-a-kind mother, grandmother and great grandmother was the heart and soul of Chompie’s. In her more than 40 years presiding over Chompie’s, she was renowned for making each and every customer, employee, vendor and supporter feel like they were a member of our family,” said Frank Lara, Director of Marketing, JRI Hospitality (42 year employee of Chompie’s), “And to her, they absolutely were. She brought honesty and intimacy to every interaction. No one was quicker to provide a word of advice, support or, in some cases, a thought of course correction. From our family to yours, we’re so thankful for your affection for Lovey. We plan to celebrate her life as only she could request, with love and a bowl of matzo ball soup.”

Lovey was well known to customers during the 45 years she was a part of Chompie’s making her way through the dining room, chatting with customers and making sure everyone was having a good experience. Her personal touch had guests coming back for years and the small gesture has been remembered by regulars over the years. The family is committed to carrying her personal way of customer service in her honor. The Borenstein family invites the public to join the celebration from 3 – 5 p.m. and encourages them to share their stories of her over the years while enjoying appetizers and desserts.

“Although Lovey is no longer with us in person,” said Lara, “her presence will always be felt through every detail in the restaurants and through every bagel and egg cream enjoyed by our loyal community.”

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