David Mintz, Whose Tofutti Made Bean Curd Cool, Dies at 89

Right after graduating from a Lubavitcher Yeshiva substantial school in Crown Heights, he attended Brooklyn School, briefly marketed mink stoles, and ran a bungalow colony in the Catskills, the place he opened a deli.

It was right after he opened his Manhattan cafe, he mentioned in just one of many variations of the tale, that “a Jewish hippie” tipped him to the opportunity of tofu. “The E book of Tofu” (1979), by William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi, became his new bible.

Mr. Mintz’s first marriage ended in divorce (“Bean curd wasn’t remarkable to her,” he advised The Baltimore Jewish Situations in 1984). In 1984 he married Rachel Avalagon, who died this year. He is survived by their son, Ethan.

Mr. Mintz frequently sought assistance from Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the venerable leader of the Lubavitcher Hasidic motion, to whom he experienced been released by his brother, Isaac Gershon Mintz. David Mintz would generate day by day $1,000 checks to Rabbi Schneerson’s philanthropies, according to COLLive, an Orthodox news website. (He was a founder of the congregation Chabad of Tenafly.)

“Whenever I satisfied with the rebbe I would point out what I was undertaking, and he would say to me: ‘You have to have religion. If you have faith in God, you can do wonders,’” Mr. Mintz reported in an interview with Jewish Academic Media in 2013.

Late in the 1970s he experienced to close Mintz’s Buffet, his restaurant on 3rd Avenue, mainly because the block was remaining razed to make Trump Plaza. When he was offered the option to transplant his cafe to the Upper West Facet, he sought Rabbi Schneerson’s steerage. The rabbi’s secretary, Rabbi Leibel Groner, called him again, Mr. Mintz recalled, and explained: “Get a pencil and paper and compose it down. This is really critical.”