Well the news is in and it ain’t good. After hopes were raised that a plunging condo market would stop the closure of Miami’s famous Rascal House, it appears that the grand deli of Sunny Isles has run out of lives. According to the South Florida Business Journal, it will remain open until the start of April, and then the doors will be shuttered forever.
The restaurant, at 17190 Collins Ave., notified the state that it would lay off 97 employees between April 4 and April 16.
A spokeswoman for Jerry’s Famous Deli, the Studio City, Calif.-based company that owns Rascal House, Epicure Market and Bakery and its namesake restaurant, said the company has notified employees and would absorb as many into its other restaurants as it could.
Sad Sad Times. We tried with our petition, and I appreciate all your efforts. Now all that’s left to do is head down there for one last taste of Florida’s grandest deli, and the last outlet of Wolfie Cohen’s beachfront empire. This was one deli that we couldn’t save. Jerry’s Famous Deli had it in for the Rascal House for some years now, and it seems that little was going to prevent its ultimate demise.
As my friend Ziggy would say, it’s a real shonda.
Here’s a video from my visit over a year ago. It was undoubtedly my last.