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Beverly Hills City Council Contemplates Landmark Status For Nate N’ Al’s

An iconic designation would protect the property from development

Nate N’ Al Delicatessen signage in the sunlight.
Nate N’ Al Delicatessen
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the future of Nate N’ Al Delicatessen in Beverly Hills lately, amidst rumors this week of a possible sale, relocation, or outright shutter. But now comes word that the Beverly Hills City Council could be taking up a measure to keep the place afloat, by offering the restaurant protected landmark status in an upcoming vote.

City Council member and former Beverly Hills mayor John Mirisch is trying to introduce a measure at the March 6 council meeting that would determine the possible landmark designation of Nate N’ Al’s. The five-member council can take up these proceedings at any time to nominate a property as iconic, and as Mirisch tells Eater: “There isn’t a lot in Beverly Hills which is more iconic than Nate ’n Al’s.”

If the motion to move to a vote is approved, it would require four out of five council members to say aye in order for the landmark designation to pass. That’s certainly not a guarantee (nor is it 100% confirmed that the vote itself will even happen on March 6), but given the amount of LA-wide outcry over the possibility of losing the 73-year deli legend, it seems the Beverly Hills City Council will offer something at their upcoming meeting.

Back in 2015, a similar motion was successfully put forward by the LA City Council to designate the Googie Norm’s on La Cienega as a cultural landmark. So far, ownership at Nate N’ Al Delicatessen, as well as the broker reportedly behind the sale, have been mum on what the future could hold for the property beyond a possible landmark designation.