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A Huge Hollywood Money Group Steps Up to Save Nate N’ Al in Beverly Hills

Irving Azoff, Cindy Crawford, and others are on board, but changes loom

Nate N’ Al Delicatessen signage in the sunlight.
Nate N’ Al
Nate ‘n Al Delicatessen [official photo]
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.

A group of wealthy Hollywood types is in line to keep the iconic Nate N’ Al deli alive. The bombshell report, which names high-flying figures like Irving Azoff, dropped Friday night in the Hollywood Reporter.

Azoff has long been rumored to be a part of the purchase team for the decades-old deli in Beverly Hills. Now the Hollywood Reporter is saying he’s not alone: Shelli Azoff, Jay Sures (UTA), Rande Gerber/Cindy Crawford, Jeff Shell, and others are said to be involved.

The big-money move comes just shy of the deli’s 75-year anniversary, and remains clouded in some uncertainty. As it stands, the restaurant will still need to move from its current space on Beverly Drive so that the building itself can be sold. The Azoffs reportedly only bought the business, not the land, and word is that they’ll be pushing Nate N’ Al nearby into the current Wolfgang’s Steakhouse space on Canon Drive. Eater has previously reached out to both the Azoff team and Wolfgang’s for more information, but both have consistently declined to comment.

Wolfgang’s, the chain steakhouse with locations from New York City to Asia, remains open at this time, and a formal closure date is not known publicly. The restaurant has also so far declined to state their own future plans for a different Beverly Hills location.

As for Nate N’ Al, the deli isn’t going away at its long-held location just yet. There are a lot of moving parts to consider, from new space to staff to any possible design and menu changes. Got more news to share on the switcheroo? Hit the tipline, anonymity guaranteed.

Nate N’ Al. 414 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA.