The Cholesterol Gods claimed another victim this week: the famous Manhattan mainstay Stage Deli has closed down for good. The 75-year-old Midtown eatery was known for making pastrami sandwiches and other deli goods for frequent celebrity customers like Marilyn Monroe, Milton Berle Derek Jeter and Adam Sandler.
Business had reportedly slid over the years, and the Stage Deli was plagued by recent health code violations that probably didn't help. The deli served its last meal Thursday night, leaving a note on the door yesterday morning reading, "Thanks for 75 years."
The lease on its Seventh Ave space was due to expire next year. "There's not a lot of delis like this left," Jose Robles, manager of nearby Carnegie Deli, told the Post. On the bright side, though, there's always Subway!