Will New York institutions please stop dying out?
The iconic Carnegie Deli on Seventh Avenue, which has been open since 1937, will shut its doors forever on December 31st, according to the Post.
For once, the reason for the Deli’s closure has nothing to do with the landlord raising the rent as the owner of the Deli, Marian Harper Levine, actually owns the entire building. Rather, it seems like she’s just tired from the stresses of running a restaurant.
“At this stage of my life, the early mornings to late nights have taken a toll, along with my sleepless nights and grueling hours that come with operating a restaurant business,” she reportedly told her staff this morning.
The restaurant was involved in a number of scandals, including being ordered by a judge to pay $2.6 million in backpay to employees who claimed they had been stiffed. Levine blamed this and many of the other problems the restaurant faced on her ex-husband, “Sandy” Levine, who carried on an affair with one of the restaurant’s waitresses.
Though the restaurant may be closing, there will still be Carnegie Deli outposts in Pennsylvania and Las Vegas as well as Carnegie Deli products available to purchase. [NYP]