The youngest of 8 children, Jack learned food early from his Russian immigrant mother. Kreplach, gefilte fish and stuffed cabbage were weekly favorites woven into the fabric of his palate. He went to work early to help his depression strapped family meet ends and quickly found a love in the fertile, local deli scene of the day. Which, by the way, was where he found his other true love, his wife Harriet Victor. Together, they opened the Stage Deli in 1962 on Nine Mile Rd. in Oak Park, Michigan. The pair single-handedly ran the hit deli for 20 years, before moving to West Bloomfield in 1982. Jack was loved and remembered for his exacting attention to detail, discerning taste and big heart.
Jack & Harriet’s son, Steven grew up with deli in his blood. From age 7 to high school graduation he worked every position from dishwasher to deli manager before heading off to U of M for a real job. Graduating U of M Law in 1980, he went west and practiced law in Los Angeles for 14 years. However, the food gene was strong. While practicing law by day he acquired a chef’s degree from UCLA and returned to take the helm of the Stage in 1994 when Jack was sadly stricken with his final illness. Steven is the President of the Stage and related restaurants and marvels every day just how good a simple Stage corned beef sandwich can be.
Steven’s son, Perry graduated MSU in 2008 with his Business Degree. Perry assists in matters Florida, expresses his creative side in the kitchen and can occasionally be seen schmoozing in the dining room.
Steven’s son Ian knew early on his knack for people would work well in the Deli. Ian runs the front of the house 5 evening a week. Stop in and say hi to Ian…you will be glad you did.