After graduating from Crown Heights Lubavicher Yeshiva High School, he attended Brooklyn College, sold mink theft for a short time, and ran a cottage in Catskills, where he opened a delis.
After he opened his Manhattan restaurant, he said in one of the many versions of history that “Jewish hippie” prompted him into the potential of tofu. William Schurtleff և Akiko Aoyagi’s “Tofu Book” (1979) became his new bible.
Mr. Mintz’s first marriage ended in divorce (“He was not interested in bean curd,” he told the Baltimore Jewish Times in 1984). In 1984, she married Rachel Avalagon, who died this year. He is survived by their son, Ethan.
Mr. Mintz often sought guidance from Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a respected leader of the Lubavicher Hasidian movement who was introduced to him by his brother, Isaac Gershon Mintz. David Mintz wrote a $ 1,000 daily check on Rabbi Schneerson’s charity, according to the orthodox news website COLLive. (He was the founder of the Chabad Congregation in Tenafli).
“Every time I met a rabbi, I mentioned what I was doing, and he said to me, ‘You have to have faith.’ If you believe in God, you can work miracles. ” – said Mr. Mintz in an interview with Jewish educational media in 2013.
In the late 1970s, he had to close Mintz’s Buffet, his third-largest restaurant, because the building was blocked to build Trump Plaza. When he was offered to transform his restaurant into the Upper West Side, he sought the guidance of Rabbi Shanerson. “Rabbi Secretary Rabbi Leibel Gron called him,” Mr. Mintz recalls. “Bring a pencil, a piece of paper, write it down. This is very important. “