Business Interruption Fund spotlight: Brooklyn Deli & Mini Mart

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Brooklyn Deli & Mini Market is located on the route of the future Crenshaw/LAX Line. Husband and wife Hakeem and Remmi Dolphin opened the shop in September 2014 after moving to Los Angeles from New York in 2008. Opening Brooklyn Deli has been a “dream come true” and the result of many years of preparation and hard work.

The Dolphins are proud to offer a wide selection of delicious and appetizing sandwiches made with fresh and premium ingredients. The deli features daily $5 specials as well as signature sandwiches, such as “Hakeem’s Favorite,” Chipotle chicken on a french roll, or the “Skateboard Special” — pastrami and maple turkey on sweet wheat. Customers can dine in or pick up orders to go. Brooklyn Deli offers delivery for orders of $25 or more and partners with Postmates and Grubhub for deliveries outside of their local area. Catering is also available for meetings and special events.

While Brooklyn Deli has developed a strong and loyal customer base in the Crenshaw community, the owners say that street closures and trucks moving heavy equipment limit the foot traffic on their street. “Construction is all around us and it keeps some of our customers away,” stated Mr. Dolphin. “I’m really glad that the BIF is able to help us while we wait for the Crenshaw/LAX Line to open and for things to get back to normal.”

Brooklyn Deli & Mini Mart is located at 4308 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90008. Business hours are Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. To place an order, please call (347) 981-8408 or email  For more information, visit them at

Metro’s Business Interruption Fund (BIF) provides financial assistance to small “mom and pop” businesses directly impacted by transit rail construction along the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the Little Tokyo area and 2nd/Broadway segment of the Regional Connector, and Purple Line Extension Section 1 and Section 2. For more information about the BIF, visit To apply for a BIF grant, visit Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (PCR) at

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