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Rascal House to Close in April (for real)

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.

5 Responses to “Rascal House to Close in April (for real)”

  1. julia s Says:

    It breaks my heart! So many delicious memories!

  2. Howard Says:

    What a shame. I took my family there a few years ago and it was an experience that tasted as good as the food. What an era–too bad.

  3. Ziggy Says:

    A shonda it is! a true tragedy, when the Cohen Goodman families ran the store everthing they made was the most delicious. Like in life I guss everthing has a begining and an end. Ziggy

  4. John Davies Says:

    I say we Boycott Jerry’s Famous Deli and any store they own. When you have a corned Beef or Pastrami craving and your in South Florida go to Sage Deli or somewhere else. Never patronize any Jerry’s Famous Deli or Epicure.

  5. Pat Baker Says:

    This is truly heartbreaking!!! Rascal House is one of my very favorite restaurants anywhere! My husband and I have made many trips from Orlando just to eat there…..it’s always delicious and interesting. My husband was born in 1954 (as was Rascal House!) and has been going since he was a little boy. We were there in December and were told they were going to hold off closing for a couple years because the real estate market is so bad. So much for that! Jerry’s is off our list forever!

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