Today was the last day to enjoy a sandwich, deli meats, wine or a black and white cookie from world famous Greenblatt’s Deli located at 8017 Sunset, which is technically in the City of Los Angeles, but very close to the West Hollywood border. Founded in 1926 by Herman Greenblatt, the Jewish deli closes its doors after 95 years.
An employee at the back entrance by the parking lot tells WEHO TIMES that the restaurant will be open until 8 p.m. this evening. He says the reason they are closing is because they weren’t getting enough business and that they were always short on staff and that the owners decided it was too much of a headache during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The restaurant has been busy since news broke that this was the last day of operations for what could be a permanent closure. At roughly 5 p.m., there was a line at the deli and a wait for the restaurant upstairs. News vans were outside the restaurant reporting on its closure.
The famous deli is known for their large selection of the old-fashioned deli foods cooked fresh in their Kitchen and available at the restaurant, for takeout, and home delivery. Among the customer favorites are their homemade Matzo ball soup, hot pastrami sandwich, triple-decker combination sandwiches, rare roast beef, and double chocolate fudge cake, not forgetting to mention once again, the black and white cookies.
L.A. Eater reports that the reasons why it is closing so abruptly is because current owner Jeff Kavin wanted to “close gracefully” before the high traffic of the Jewish holidays. A source tells L.A. Eater that Kavin will try to sell the restaurant, but if he can’t find a buyer then the restaurant could be lost forever.
According to their website, Greenblatt’s Delicatessen was established on Sunset Boulevard back when the boulevard was still a dirt road west of Doheny. Greenblatt’s was purchased by the Kavin Family in the early 1940’s, and has been operated by the family for three generations.
Since the beginning, Greenblatt’s has catered to the entertainment industry. Almost everybody who has been anybody in Hollywood since has shopped at Greenblatt’s. Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, Groucho Marx, Errol Flynn, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin, Bing Crosby, Peter Lawford, Boris Karloff, Bobby Darin, Rita Hayworth, Kirk Douglas, Bella Lugosi, Marlon Brando, Peter Lorre, Lenny Bruce, Orson Welles, Robert Mitchum, John Belushi, Danny Kaye and Billie Holiday were among many of the regulars.