Once dubbed the most famous deli in America, New York’s Carnegie Deli is far from where it used to be.
The Seventh Avenue eatery was shutdown in April due to an illegal gas hookup. According to the New York Post, many expected the deli to reopen this month, but for now, its future is unknown. “Unfortunately, we do not have a clear date of reopening at this time and had expected to reopen this month,” the president of Carnegie Deli Harper Levine said in a statement. “There was a setback in a recent inspection where more work was required to bring the Carnegie Deli up to code.”
But pastrami-loving New Yorkers aren’t the only ones that are feeling the effects of the closing. Nearly 70 deli workers are about to loose unemployment insurance and those living above the restaurant have been without heat, hot water and gas. “If you have a restaurant that makes the money that that restaurant makes, you should have people working there 24 hours a day fixing it, but they don’t,” a waitress told the Post.
There is a current lawsuit against the deli, and just recently there was a $2.65 million settlement with employees over wage theft. All of that, plus the fact that the gas pipes are apparently so screwy that the a judge in Manhattan said people could have died — well, let’s just say, we think it might be time to head to Katz.
Do you hope Carnegie Deli will reopen soon?