The last “Woody Allen” will soon be served, as the Carnegie Deli, which has been a New York institution since it opened in 1937, is about to go out of business.
“The iconic home to gigantic Jewish-style sandwiches — like the 4-inch-high, pastrami-and-corned beef ‘Woody’ on rye — will close its doors forever on Dec. 31, The Post has learned,” The New York Post reports. “Restaurant owner Marian Harper Levine tearfully broke the news to 60 heartbroken employees on Friday morning.”
Levine, 65, is quoted saying: “At this stage of my life, the early mornings to late nights have taken a toll, along with my sleepless nights and grueling hours that come with operating a restaurant business.” Levine’s family has owned the business since 1976.
The report notes that the deli has had its share of legal problems, along with family problems for Levine. “She went through a bitter divorce from ex-husband ‘Sandy’ Levine, who carried on a long-term affair with a former waitress and allegedly stole Carnegie’s pastrami and cheesecake recipes. The recipes were allegedly then used in the girlfriend’s family’s restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand,” The Post reports.
The article adds: “Two years ago, the restaurant was ordered by a federal court to fork over $2.6 million in back wages to employees who were cheated out of proper pay — which Marian blamed on her ex-husband, whom she accused of embezzlement.”