The Fate Of The Iconic Beverly Hills Deli Nate ‘n’ Al Of Beverly Hills Hangs In The Balance! The Latest News!
Here is some terrific reporting on the situation with Nate ‘n’ Al, the iconic Beverly Hills delicatessen.
Richard Rushfield has the terrific website “The Ankler”, which is filled with great reporting about the entertainment industry – with lots of great insight and scoops – including this one posted about Nate ‘n’ Al!
Here is some of his report:
“The Ankler can exclusively report that the rumors are true and the fate of the restaurant, indeed, currently hangs in the balance.
Nate n’ Al today is operated by Mark and David Mendelson, grandsons of the eponymous Al Mendelson, the founder. Scuttlebutt has circulated that the grandsons were never in love with their inheritance and have been looking to bail out.
After an exclusive Ankler conversation with a Nate ’n Al deep insider, we can sadly report, that the rumors are true and the historic cornerstone of the industry is on the block.
According to our inside source, the grandsons have put the deli up for sale and there are two current bidders – not including, as has been rumored, Larry King. One of the bidders, we are told, would tear the whole place down and turn it into a Lulemon store or something, and that would be that.”
This would be devastating of course, but The Ankler goes on to report that a second option could be equally disastrous:
“The other bidder wants to maintain it as a restaurant – BUT! These bidders are ready to take it on the condition that the current employee’s union be disbanded. To do that would require shutting the joint down for some amount of time and reopening it, possibly under a new name so that they could demonstrate it was a new and different entity that didn’t need to honor the old union’s contract. Which is to say – it would be a different restaurant.”
This would be the latest Hollywood institution to close, and a shame. The Ankler has much more on this story as well – I subscribe to the newsletter, and at the top of it, everyone is encouraged to share it with others, so I hope he doesn’t mind that I am doing that here.
Here is a link to the entire story – and some other great updates on the current status of the #MeToo movement, Les Moonves’ salary and much more! I think once you read it, you will as hooked as I am, and subscribe at Theankler.com!
I posted about the fate of the restaurant when word first leaked that it might be up for sale – here is that story, which includes some more information about the history of this iconic restaurant:
Let’s hope someone steps up and does the right thing here, before another “hip shop of the moment” comes in and ruins the history of Beverly Hills!