Update: Rubin's in Brookline Closes, But It Could Reopen
[Ed note: This article was updated on August 6 to reflect new information that hints the deli could return.]
It appears that one of the best-known delis in the Boston area is saying farewell.
Universal Hub is reporting (via a Facebook post from the place) that Rubin's in Brookline shuts down at the end of business hours today, with the post saying that "It's with a heavy heart we have to announce that sadly Rubins will be closing its doors Friday August 5 at 3pm....We wish everyone nothing but good things, health and happiness to all our loyal staff and the community....Thank you for all the good memories." It is not yet known why the Harvard Street restaurant is closing; as soon as we find out more, we will post an update here.
Rubin's, which first opened approximately 90 years ago, has been a neighborhood fixture that features such classic items as borscht, chopped liver, potato latkes, kugel, corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, egg salad, and brisket.
The address for Rubin's is 500 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 02446.
[August 5 update: The Boston Globe mentions that Rubin's may not be gone for good after all, as the business was sold to investor David Danesh who is working with potential operators to bring back the deli. The article also says that former owner Allen Gellerman had said no to investors who were looking to replace Rubin's with condos before working out the deal to sell to Danesh. (Thanks to @jtuohey21 for bringing this to our attention.)]
[August 8 update: According to a post from the bldup.com site, Rubin's was sold to The Danesh Group for $1.718 million, with the sale taking place on Tuesday, August 2.]
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