In sad news for pastrami lovers, Junior's Deli is shutting its doors by the end of the year because of a rent dispute.
Employees, some of whom have been working at the deli for decades, learned Wednesday of the impending shutdown, according to a story in The Times' Business section.
"It's catastrophic for me," co-owner David Saul told The Times. "I'm at a loss. It's like I'm grieving a death."
His father, Marvin Saul, opened the delicatessen after a failed stint as a uranium miner in Utah. Junior was his nickname as a child.
Among the restaurant's patrons have been celebrities such as Bruce Willis and Mel Brooks, who purportedly wrote parts of his comedic film "History of the World Part 1" there.