If you’ve been craving a bagel and lox from Nate ‘n Al’s, a Beverly Hills institution that’s been catering to showbiz types, lawyers, and all other deli lovers for 75 years, you don’t have to wait long. The Beverly Drive deli, which closed end of March amid the coronavirus outbreak and attendant shutdown of in-restaurant dining, will be back, thankfully, for takeout and delivery starting tomorrow, Friday, May 15. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., so you can get those cheese blintzes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The deli nearly closed in 2018, but was purchased in 2019 by a consortium of entertainment business folks led by longtime power manager-producer Irving Azoff and wife Shelli Azoff, who also saved classic L.A. restaurant Apple Pan around the same time. Then it was meant to move to Canon Drive when its Beverly Drive building was sold—and when the doors closed end of March, it looked like curtains for one of L.A.’s most famed classic delis.
Shelli Azoff was determined to get some of Nate ‘n Al’s longtime loyal employees back to work, but had to make sure safety rules were in place for everyone. Some machinery was moved around, the deli counter spaced out differently for staff, and famed server Gloria Leon, who’s been part of Nate’s for 41 years, will be back, now taking orders over the phone.
For the moment, Nate ‘n Al’s will stay at its famous locale at 414 N. North Beverly, as the original landlord has extended its lease for the moment. Whether or not it will move to a new locale on Canon Drive is yet to be determined. Azoff told the L.A. Times her immediate goal is “to keep the tradition alive and ensure the employees have a place to come back to.” And certainly, for the loyal customers to come back to.