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Langer’s Deli Could Face Changes as Landlords List the Building for Sale

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“I’m not the least bit concerned,” says Norm Langer

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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.

News surfaced this morning about a possible sale of commercial property near MacArthur Park, and it could have adverse effects on Langer’s, America’s greatest Jewish deli.

A surprising new call for offers went out this morning on a single commercial parcel off Alvarado and 7th Street, with images featuring the Langer’s signage rather prominently alongside the large Viva Bargain Center retail store and Hola! Pollo, a takeaway chicken outlet. The real estate sheet lists the property as a great “development opportunity” for the area, with listing agent John Alle Company accepting offers on the land through September 28.

For his part, the namesake Norm Langer says that while he does not own the building, he is very close with his current landlords, and that any changes to the parcel would need to include plans for the restaurant. Whether that means Langer’s in its current form, or some other iteration of a rebuilt Langer’s pushed into a mixed-use development — like what’s projected to happen to the historic Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood — is unclear at this time, as the listing agent is still fielding calls. Regardless, Langer tells Curbed that despite the sale it’s all no big deal. Simply put, Langer says: “I’m not the least bit concerned about it.”

Langer’s. 704 S. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA.