Nate’n Al Delicatessen will close Sunday, the longtime Beverly Hills eatery announced just days ago.
Like all Los Angeles restaurants, Nate’n Al has been unable to have customers dine at its venue following stay-at-home orders issued earlier this month from the coronavirus pandemic.
“Approximately one month ago the world as we knew it changed”
said a statement posted on the delicatessen’s Instagram profile.
“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 revealed to news sources that in the late 1980s he would pull up to the rear of the restaurant every weekend to pick up a takeout order.
Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch reported to new sources the closure of Delicatessen:
“nothing short of devastating for our entire community.”