In a series of tweets sent out from the official restaurant Twitter account earlier this week, Canter’s Deli announced that it would be ceasing weekday late night/early morning service moving forward. That won’t affect weekend dining in the big, comfy space, but could leave some mid-week rockers and early AM types out in the cold.
Per the post, Canter’s has “decided to suspend our dine-in restaurant service” between the hours of 3 a.m. and 8 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. They will still allow customers inside the deli and bakery areas up front for takeout food, and will continue to offer around-the-clock delivery during those missed hours. The restaurant also operates a commissary kitchen cooking Canter’s classics closer to Downtown, expanding their all-night service area well to the east.
Friday and Saturday nights, the restaurant will be fully staffed to allow the post-bar crowds a chance to sit down and dine, but it seems weekday late night service had slowed to the point where business became unsustainable. In the tweet thread, Canter’s ownership joked that staff had “been getting lonely” during those long weekday pre-dawn shifts. A simplified look at the new full-service hours is below.
for those who'd like a visual representation of our slightly altered dine-in hours... pic.twitter.com/viEJmUTMJr— canter's deli (@cantersdeli) February 17, 2018
This latest retreat of hours is a blow to not only Canter’s fans who have enjoyed their weekday late night service, but to the entire Jewish deli scene in Los Angeles as a whole. Just in the past few days rumors of a sale at Nate N’ Al’s and the closure of kosher sandwich shop Fleishik’s have offered little hope for the dwindling deli scene in the city (and all of America, really), while Canter’s itself is still rebounding from an embarrassing C grade during a recent health inspection last year.