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Dec 29, 2010 06:02 AM

Pancer's Deli SOLD

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    1. re: lamaranthe

      I was there today to say goodbye to Lorne Pancer, and met Lenny Gould, the new owner. Lenny assured us that the National Post article was inaccurate, and that apart from putting in a new order/cash counter and two flatscreen TV's, everything will remain the same. Lenny wants all the regulars to know that the Pancer tradition will carry on the way we know it. I thanked Lenny for continuing our favourite old-school Jewish deli.

    2. Sports nights, chicken wings and big screen TV's. I wish him luck, he's going to need it.

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      1. re: bytepusher

        I know. As a deli lover that scares me. But if he feels this is the way to make moola, all the best. In that area not sure who gives a damn about a sports night and wings.

      2. If I recall correctly, it was claimed on CH that Pancer's got their meats from Lesters in Montreal. If that's the case, why would the new owner have paid for recipes for the meat?

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        1. re: Yongeman

          Wherever Pancer's gets its meats - I knoweth not where - I do know that it enhances most of its meats with some extra processes that other delis on Lester's (or whoever the supplier is) list don't bother doing. It helps give Pancer's pastrami a distinct taste. And corned beef as well, I'm told, though I've never ordered its corned beef - I've always called for pastrami, which over the years has been among the tastiest in Toronto. Bland corned beef is, in my view, for sissies.

          1. re: Yongeman

            Historically it has been Chicago 58.

            1. re: embee

              Oh thanks for clarifying, embee. So I suppose they would start with the Chicago 58 preparation, then continue the process with their own recipes to enhance the flavour? Seems a bit strange to me, but I'm not in the deli business.

          2. So, a sports bar that will serve "Genuine Montreal Smoked Meat" from Lester's or Dunn's or something along with wings. Yay?

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            1. re: Pincus

              Do you think they will have pulled pork sandwiches and back ribs available also? I'm waiting to see the menu.

              1. re: foodyDudey

                Heck, they might even have nachos if we're lucky.

                1. re: Pincus

                  Hey everyone, this is the new owner of Pancers. Im sorry to say but the way the write up made it sound is not what I said. I am not changing anything in there, I spent alot of money to buy what I bought and if I wanted a sports bar I would of bought one. I was going to improve a bit of the decor but how it sounds I should just leave it the way it is.

                  Thank you,
                  Lenny Gould

                  1. re: lenng

                    I think decor changes can be a great thing, as long as they are done in a tasteful way and hopefully in such a way that takes deli traditions into consideration. I'm all for making changes that draw in the next generation of deli lovers, I would never dream of suggesting to stay the same for all eternity. Some delis have a tough time drawing in the younger crowds and I think if you can make smart and respectful changes to expose a new generation to deli then go for it.

                    But with places that are considered an institution I just think changes should be made wisely and should take deli traditions into account.

                    I'm very glad to hear it's not becoming a sports bar with sports fare.

                    And personally, I say save the widescreen TVs for your home. I think TVs in restaurants are extremely tacky and invite an impression that does not belong in any deli, much less a revered one like Pancer’s.

                    But maybe this is all just me…. what do I know.

                    1. re: lenng

                      It's good that you set the record straight, Lenny. And it's also good that you are going to continue the Pancer tradition. If the Pancer family can no longer keep it going it is great to have someone enthusiastic about the food and the tradition continue both. For those in the know there is no other place around to go for a Pastrami sandwich. You now have the privilege of keeping guys like me happy and full. Good luck Lenny.

                      1. re: lenng

                        Hey Lenny

                        There's a new Pancers Deli sign up at the newish plaza at SW corner Major Mack and Dufferin

                        Was that a mirage?

                        (hope NOT!)

                        Comments invited

                        Thanks in advance


                        1. re: toronto guy

                          You are not wrong. None other than Lorne Pancer himself is reopening. Lenny Gould told me about this when I was at Pancer's a couple of weeks ago.

                          1. re: Big Kahuna 1

                            Q: Did Lenny implement the changes first mentioned when be bought the place? Are they open later than before?

                            1. re: Brain of J

                              The service counter was extended to the wall so there is no longer any opening or gap. There aren't any flatscreens yet. As to the hours, I can't say because we've always gone on the presumption that dining service ends at 8:00 pm and take-out at 8:30 pm.