The original operator dies. Son takes over. Business declines. Not an uncommon story.
No wonder people think the media are biased. The LA Times seemed very willing to depict this as a greedy-landlord story. Sounds like they made only a token effort to reach the landlord. But that would have gotten in the way of their greedy-landlord story.
I bet the restaurant has raised prices in the past three years. How about a “greedy son takes over restaurant his own man built and gouges longtime customers” story?
I can’t work up much nostalgia for some LA restaurant that rips off the name of true (and legendary) deli. But LA makes a habit of stealing from Brooklyn.