Have you heard the buzz about Bubbie’s?


Hope Street will soon be home to a new Kosher market and deli.

Jeffrey Ingber and Freda Ronkin are teaming up to open Bubbie’s Market and Deli at 727 Hope St.

Ingber, who has many years of food and catering experience, and Ronkin, who owns and operates Ahava Catering in Providence, have joined together to bring Kosher groceries and prepared foods to Providence and beyond. The grocery is just down the street from the now closed Davis Dairy.

Plans call for the market to open March 3 to sell Passover products. After Passover, it will close while Ronkin and Ingber finish the space. A grand opening is planned for sometime later in April or May.

The two announced the plans for the market via Facebook last weekend. And they are moving quickly to fix up the space so they can open the Passover pop-up.

“People were wondering where they were going to get their Passover goods,” said Ingber, “so we jumped in.”

Eventually, Bubbie’s will sell groceries as well as prepared salads, dips, wraps, sandwiches and grab-and-go food. Food production will continue in the Ahava kitchens at 450 Elmgrove Ave., in Providence. There will be prepackaged Kosher meat and a limited fruit and vegetable selection, depending on space. The market will also carry some of the favorites from Davis Dairy, which now only sells wholesale products.

Both Ingber and Ronkin say they are excited about the new venture and look forward to bringing fresh, healthy Kosher food to their customers.

“I want people to say that [the food] was amazing,” said Ronkin. “I want everyone to be able to walk in and enjoy the food.”

And that name. How did they decide on the name?

“[To us] the word bubbie means heimish, comfort, good-tasting food,” said Ingber. “It’s where we would want to go.”

Bubbie’s Market & Deli, 727 Hope St., Providence, will be open for Passover shopping, from March 3 to March 26, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. It will be closed on Saturday. On March 26, the store will close at noon. During the intermediate days of Passover the hours will be Tuesday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.

If you have concerns about shopping, you can call 401-272-4835 to arrange an appointment.

Editor’s Note: Read more of my interview with Ingber and Ronkin in the March print edition of Jewish Rhode Island.

FRAN OSTENDORF (fostendorf@jewishallianceri.org) is the editor of Jewish Rhode Island.

Ahava, Bubbie's, Jeffrey Ingber, Freda Ronkin