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Carnegie Deli Closes Doors for Good Friday After 79 Years in Business

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A pastrami on rye sandwich sits on the counter at Carnegie Deli, Oct. 3, 2016, in New York City. The famed deli, known for its large pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, closes for good Friday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 30 Dec 2016 04:55 PM

The legendary Carnegie Deli closes its doors for good at midnight Friday, likely bringing hunger pains to many patrons of the New York City landmark.

Even a last-minute offer of $10 million to buy the establishment from a restaurateur who was once a dishwasher there couldn’t save it from closing, the New York Daily News reported.

Sammy Musovic, who started out as a dishwasher at the Carnegie Deli and is now an Upper East Side restaurateur, had doubled his $5 million offer to keep the 79-year-old deli open on Seventh Avenue. A spokesman for the deli said Musovic’s offer was “publicity-inspired.”

Musovic, however, said he just wanted to save a landmark “that is as much a part of New York City as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building,” the Daily News reported.

Marian Harper-Levine, owner of the restaurant frequented by celebrities, said in a statement it was difficult to make the decision. She intends to keep the Carnegie name for use in retail and wholesale operations, as well as using it for licensed locations at Madison Square Garden, casinos in Las Vegas and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and the US Open Tennis Championships in Queens, the Daily News said.

Carnegie Deli is well-known for its overstuffed sandwiches, attracting locals, tourists, and celebrities.

“Since I was a kid, I’d come here and get pastrami sandwiches bigger than my head,” native New Yorker John Martins, 52, told the Daily News.

The restaurant was featured in Woody Allen’s “Broadway Danny Rose” in 1984. Carnegie Deli later named a sandwich after the actor and director. Walls of the deli, which is a block away from Carnegie Hall, included photos of celebrities who frequently ate there.

Long lines of customers were often seen at Carnegie Deli, and the lines continued in the week before the closing of the restaurant.

The deli survived difficulties in recent years, including a $2.65 million settlement for underpaid workers in 2014 and a 10-month closure that ended in February because of an illegal gas hookup.

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