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Irving, Shelli Azoff Rumored To Be In Talks To Take Ownership Of Nate’n Al Deli

Posted Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 7:11 pm

By Matt Lopez

Rumors continue to swirl around Beverly Hills regarding the future of the Nate’n Al delicatessen, but new reports indicate that a pair of famous longtime patrons of the restaurant have swooped in to save the legendary deli.

Sources have confirmed to the Courier that music mogul Irving Azoff and his wife Shelli are in negotiations and intend to purchase the restaurant and move it to a new location in Beverly Hills.

The story broke in the Hollywood Reporter last Friday that the Azoff’s were leading a “Hollywood A-List team” including several Hollywood executives, actors and real estate moguls to purchase the deli.

Despite those reports, however, sources close to the situation tell the Courier that the Azoffs are purchasing Nate’n Al on their own. The couple have been approached by friends interested in investing, but the Azoffs will be the controlling owners and operators.

When reached by telephone Thursday, Shelli Azoff confirmed the couple have been involved in sale discussions, but said nothing has been finalized.

“All I can tell you is that Nate’n Al has been an institution in our family for decades – my kids, their kids, our entire family,” Shelli said. “Just like it has been for so many families in Beverly Hills. We don’t want to lose that.”

The future of Nate ’n Al stirred concern within the community last year when news broke that Mark and David Mendelson, owners of the 73-year-old deli, were looking to sell either the building, the business itself, or perhaps both.

Even with a potential sale of the restaurant business, there was still the question of where Nate’n Al’s future home would be.

The Courier broke the story in October about a potential move to the Citizen location at 184 N. Canon Dr. Last week, the Courier reported that discussions with the owners of that building, Koss Real Estate, had taken place, but no deal was able to be finalized. Citizen closed at the beginning of the year, and that building is now for lease.

With the Citizen site out of the picture, there’s no shortage of rumors about where Nate’n Al might eventually end up.

One block over on North Canon Drive, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse was mentioned by the Hollywood Reporter as a possible landing spot. It would make sense given the rumored intention, according to sources, for the deli to remain in Beverly Hills. Wolfgang’s is rumored to be closing this spring, although no official word on a closure has been released by the establishment.

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