The Carnegie Deli saga has entered its final chapter: the iconic deli (opened in 1937) will close at the end of December. Owner Marian Harper Levine has decided to pull the plug on the day-to-day stress of running the original NYC location: "As you all know, the restaurant business is one of the hardest jobs in New York City," Levine said in an emailed statement. "At this stage of my life, the early morning to late night days have taken a toll, along with my sleepless nights and grueling hours that come with operating a restaurant business in Manhattan. I’m very sad to close Carnegie Deli New York at 854 7th Avenue, but I’ve reached a time in my life when I need to take a step back."
The deli had faced a series of troubles in the last decade including a wage lawsuit, illegal gas hookup and consequent shutdown, and the aftermath of Levine's divorce from ex-husband and former manager Sandy Levine. The other locations of Carnegie Deli around the world will remain open (Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Deli Las Vegas at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Carnegie Deli at The Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA and annually at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, Queens) and Levine will continue to license the brand name and products around the world. And fear not, you can still order their iconic cheesecake and have it shipped anywhere in the country on their website.