Yesterday, workers removed the iconic neon sign outside Carnegie Deli, but the final nail in the coffin comes from the news that mega-developer Extell is buying the pastrami mecca’s former home on a block where they already own two other sites. The Post got word that Gary Barnett’s firm will close on a deal as soon as today for the six-story building at 854 Seventh Avenue. The 79-year-old deli closed on December 31st, but in 2015, Extell paid $9.1 million to owner Marian Harper Levine for their air rights.
A Midtown eatery, frequented by celebrities, tourists and ordinary New Yorkers alike, will serve its famous 1-pound sandwiches for last time this week. The Carnegie Deli, so named for its proximity to the renowned music hall, will close the doors of its original location on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 55th Street on Saturday.
As Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated, Carnegie Deli might be getting a new start, according to Save the Carnegie Deli, a group dedicated to keeping the 79-year-old deli open. Samuel Mussovic, a man who said he is a former restaurant owner and was a Carnegie Deli dishwasher 30 years ago, announced on Monday afternoon a $5 million offer to buy the New York City landmark.
Iconic New York City restaurant the Carnegie Deli, which first opened in 1937, will close at the end of the year. Restaurant owner Marian Harper Levine told employees of the eatery’s closing Friday morning, reports said. “I’m very sad to close the Carnegie Deli but I’ve reached the time of my life when I need to take a step back,” Levine, whose family has own the restaurant since 1976, told the New York Post.
“Moving forward, Marian Harper hopes to keep her father’s legacy alive by focusing on licensing the iconic Carnegie Deli brand and selling their world-famous products for wholesale distribution,” a spokeswoman added.