An employee at the original Pike Place Market location, which remains open, confirmed the closure. Ace Stranger reporter Grant Brissey says, "This is true. The place was gone, overnight, and not just gone—gutted. Counters, kitchen equipment, everything." Brissey photographed the tragic scene:
We've been unable to reach owner Jon Jacobs to inquire about WHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYY?????? and express our sorrow. We've called and called! Stranger sandwich expert Paul Constant says this turn of events and the failure of the promised 24-hour Capitol-or-First-Hill branch of I Love New York Deli to ever appear are dual blows from which he may never recover. "This is terrible, terrible news," he says.
In the very-thin-silver-lining department, we've meanwhile discovered that I Love New York Deli has a sister shop called Big Apple Deli in Maple Valley, so if you know where that is and ever have to be there, you can at least get a great Reuben.
After the jump, the detailed sorrow of the two Slog tippers.
I thought I'd bring to your attention something sad. The I Love New York Deli in the University District/Ravenna/Roosevelt area suddenly closed. No details were left on the premises. I believe it was open for 2+ years. It was one of my favorites. I do believe they were opened just yesterday [Monday] for business so it came as quite a surprise. Another patron who arrived at the same time I did was just as exasperated as I was. It is empty as a shell save for some debris. I'm sorry to see it go.
Please tell Grant Brissey about this. I think he is in the 'hood. That deli along with Folkstone (the Folk Store?), a produce store, University Motor Sports, and Giggles/Jiggles are among very recent small business failures in the Roosevelt/Ravenna neighborhood. Also, the sites of the former Continental Deli/Berlin Bakery and Keytime (I think?) remain vacant. Sigh.
Just thought I'd let you guys know.
Dear Stranger -
Shocked - I was! On Tuesday, I went to Lost Sock Laundromat, put the wash in, then walked up the street to get my standard 2 Hebrew National Franks from my favorite laundry day food stop, the "I Love New York Deli" - and it was gone — just a big sign in the window - For Lease - empty... no goodbye note, no "we have Moved" , no thanks Seattle we are outta here ... Wow! I didn't realize how I had relied on the franks, the coffee & the staff to give me that neighborhood feeling of being welcome every time I stopped in.
I was so stunned I almost forgot that I had laundry to finish. Anyone on your staff there at The Stranger able to solve the mystery?
Thank you for your time - I always caught up on The Stranger articles while I was waiting for and enjoying my franks with "everything" - which meant sauerkraut & mustard!