An iconic New York City deli is closing its doors for good after nearly 80 years in business, despite concerted efforts to save the Big Apple hotspot.
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The legendary Carnegie Deli, known for its towering hot pastrami and corned beef sandwiches (combine them and you get the famed “Woody Allen”) and cheesecake, will serve its last meal at midnight on Friday, after its owner rejected a $10 million bid by Sammy Musovic, who once was employed at the deli as a dishwasher.
“I did the best that I could, we initially made an offer for 5 million, it wasn’t good enough. So you know what I said, let’s not fool around, let’s double the offer, she’s thinking about it [Marian Harper]…To me it's an institution, it’s a landmark, it’s like taking the Empire State Building from New York City,” he said to the FOX Business Network’s David Asman.
Musovic also discussed how Carnegie Deli propelled him to become the successful restaurant entrepreneur he is today. “The father Milton Park [Founder of the Carnegie Deli] was the one who actually just encouraged me. I’m in the food business because of him,” he said.
Though the deli on 7th Ave., which opened in 1937, is closing, other locations in Las Vegas, Connecticut and Pennsylvania will remain open.