I don’t think this is the death knell. Either they’ll negotiate, or the proprietor will find another place. My friend says he thinks they’ll settle at around 30K. The thing is, I don’t think we’ll ever know the true details of what goes down.
As I said on another post, I was curious that after all these years they hadn’t bought the building. But then, the building, financially speaking, is a better deal as real estate than as retail. If you owned it, why would you do anything but rent it?
In any case, I’m sure he can find cheaper rent, and not that far away. What the ins and outs of this would be, financially, is another story.
Another consideration is what the owner wants to do. If I’m not mistaken, he’s a lawyer, and wasn’t really into the business. It was his brother’s, who was killed a few years back in a robbery.
The brother just took it over because it was such a cherished destination, and in memory of his brother, who was so devoted to the place.
They have the best chopped liver I’ve ever had in a restaurant. The pastrami, while very, very good, isn’t piled quite as high as is the style over here in Jersey at Harold’s, but quality-wise it is superb.
The corned beef was judged the best by R.W. Apple of The New York Times, former political columnist turned peripatetic food aficionado.