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Beverly Hills’ Nate’n Al’s Delicatessen Closing All Business Sunday

Nate'n Al opened in 1945 by friends and business partners Nate Rimer and Al Mendelson, remaining on North Beverly Drive to the present.

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Nate'n Al will close Sunday, the longtime Beverly Hills delicatessen announced this weekend.

Like all restaurants, Nate'n Al has been barred from having customers dine at its establishment following local and state stay-at-home orders issued earlier this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Approximately one month ago the world as we knew it changed," a statement posted on the delicatessen's Instagram account read.

"We had hoped that we could continue our take out and delivery service so that we could provide the community with the food that has been a part of our lives for years. However, our number one priority is to keep our customers and our staff safe and secure during this time of uncertainty.

"After reviewing all the variables, we no longer feel confident that we can do that. It is with great sadness that we will be closing our doors for all business as of tomorrow, Sunday, March 29th at 8 pm.

"Thank you all for being a part of the Nate'n Al's family and a special thank you to our employees who have worked tirelessly to be here so that we all have continued to have our favorites available!

"We don't know what the future holds but we urge everyone to do your best to stay home and stay safe."

Nate'n Al opened in 1945 by friends and business partners Nate Rimer and Al Mendelson, remaining on North Beverly Drive to the present.

The Mendelson family sold it in 2019 to entertainment executive Irving Azoff and his wife, Shelli, both long-time customers, who had planned to move it from 414 N. Beverly Drive one block east to the former site of Wolfgang's Steakhouse at 445 N. Canon Drive.

Nate'N Al has long been frequented by Hollywood executives and personalities, including talk show host Larry King, who used to eat breakfast there nearly every morning.

The late Oscar-winning actor Gregory Peck told City News Service in the late 1980s that he would pull up to the rear of the restaurant every weekend to pick up a takeout order.

Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch called the closure of Nate'n Al "nothing short of devastating for our entire community." He told City News Service "after 75 years, it is beyond sad to see it go with a whimper like this."

"Maybe more than any other venue in our city, Nate'n Al was a place where we all could meet, no matter what part of the city you lived in," said Mirisch, who was raised in Beverly Hills and recalled going to Nate'n Al with his grandparents as a youth and bringing his son there in recent years.

"In some respects, it was even more important than City Hall, because it was our city's de facto town square -- and you can't get a good bagel and lox at City Hall either."

Mirisch expressed his hope that "if the current owners of the business aren't willing to reopen after we get through the pandemic, it is my hope that someone else might step up to reopen this local community treasure."

Editor's Note: City News Service's previous reporting attributed to Nate'n Al's that they planned to shut the deli down permanently. Nate'n Ali's has since clarified and the restaurant will not be "gone forever."

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