One of Los Angeles’s landmarks quietly shuttered its doors for good on Sunday.
The Jewish-style restaurant in Woodland Hills had served pastrami sandwiches and bagels piled with lox and cream cheese in the neighborhood since 1973, originally under the name Solley’s and later, Jerry’s Famous Deli.
But even with a stable of longtime patrons, Jerry’s couldn’t keep up with rising rent demands, said Ami Saffron, the company’s executive vice president.
“At some point, what am I going to do? Sell a sandwich for $30?” he said. “That’s not going to happen.”
Los Angeles’s old-school kosher delis, much like New York City’s, have been succumbing one by one for years, a die-off attributed in part to real estate costs but also changing consumer appetites.
At its height, Jerry’s Famous Deli had nearly a dozen locations, Mr. Saffron said. With the loss in Woodland Hills, which was first reported by The Los Angeles Daily News, it’s down to three. Billy’s Deli, a fixture of downtown Glendale, closed in 2015 after 67 years. In Manhattan, the famed Carnegie Deli announced recently that it would shut down at the end of this year.
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