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Beverly Hills Legend Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen Reportedly on the Chopping Block

The iconic 1945-era deli could be eyeballing a new location nearby

Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen
Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

If the restaurant rumor mill is true, it appears that the old-school Jewish deli Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen is about to be sold. Whispers of a sale first appeared over the weekend, but so far there has been no confirmed report from the restaurant.

Eater reached out to one of the owners directly, but has received no response back yet. Meanwhile a call in to the restaurant provided a terse “no comment,” though there is plenty of speculation happening on social media at the moment. Los Angeles food writer Jordan Okun (who has long been a fan of Nate ‘n Al’s) claims to have spoken with one of restaurant’s owners, who said they are currently in discussions on a sale but provided no firm details. Eater also reached out to broker Jay Luchs who is rumored to be behind the sale of the property, but so far has not heard back.

A potential sale would be a massive blow as one of LA’s most beloved, and longest-running restaurants. The first Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen opened in 1945, before expanding to multiple locations throughout Southern California over the years — including LAX. Now only the Beverly Hills restaurant prevails, and that too could come to a close soon. Founders Al Mendelson and Nate Rimer met in Detroit, and opened a 30-seat restaurant that continued to expand significantly over the years to make room for wealthy Beverly Hills types and folks from the entertainment industry. Today, Nate’n Al Delicatessen is operated by Mendelson’s grandsons, Mark and David.

Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen
414 N Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA