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Storefront Deli - what happened ?

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kevin May 28, 2013 05:00 PM

Why did it close ?

Or was I the only hound that visited that joint ?

Thanks.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: kevin May 28, 2013 05:11 PM

    Parking, price and location.

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      carter RE: ipsedixit May 28, 2013 07:55 PM

      well summarized!

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        Johnny L RE: ipsedixit May 29, 2013 12:42 AM

        Every business on that street has similar parking problems but I think it just didn't have an attractive storefront (pun no intended), you could barely tell it was there and the fact that there wasn't much seating made it difficult to want to get anything to eat there, at least for me personally. But yes the location sucked too.

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          kevin RE: Johnny L May 29, 2013 11:14 AM

          I really liked it. Best brownies that I have had in a reallly really really long time. Egg and cheese biscuits were great, especially those buttery biscuits. The burgers which were good too. The "shitty" coffee at about 50 cents, and the corned beef reuben.

          And for me, it was not at all that expensive (unless you consider the corned beef sandwich which was about 15 bucks).

          My usally order of a egg and cheese biscuit, a brownie, and coffee was under 7 bucks. I can't think of too many joints in town which are half way decent at that price point.

          I guess I liked the fact that it was slightly hidden so that I could always garner a seat and there was nary a line in sight (except for once).

          On another note, the nearby Sqrl is definitely not hurting for wont of customers in any way, shape, or form.

          RIP Storefront.

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            Servorg RE: kevin May 29, 2013 11:23 AM

            "On another note, the nearby Sqrl is definitely not hurting for wont of customers in any way, shape, or form."

            I just heard that Sqirl is expanding into the space next door and that G+B is opening on Larchmont Blvd. shortly.

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              kevin RE: Servorg May 29, 2013 11:40 AM

              So G and B won't be with them at the Sqrl location at all anymore ? Darn. I won't be able to kill two birds with one stone then.

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                Servorg RE: kevin May 29, 2013 11:41 AM

                I'm assuming they'll be at both locations, but my past assumptions have made an ass out of me too many times to count...

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                  kevin RE: Servorg May 29, 2013 11:42 AM

                  Yes.

                  Haven't you already learned that when you assume you make an ass out of u and me.

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                    kevin RE: Servorg May 29, 2013 04:54 PM

                    You are correct about the new location, and it opens this friday with mc connell's ice cream of santa barbara too.

                    From the LA Times:

                    "G&B Coffee, also a new member of the Grand Central Market's lineup, will open Friday. The new coffee stall by Klye Glanville and Charles Babinski, formerly of Intelligentsia, features a 30-foot bar and will serve espresso drinks and filtered coffee. There will also be coffee shakes on the menu made with McConnell's ice cream and espresso or espresso and chocolate ganache. The filtered coffee will be made with Japanese Kalita Wave drippers and the beans will come from a variety of distributors including Heart Roasters in Portland, Ore., Ritual in San Francisco and the Chicago-based Intelligentsia. 317 Broadway St., No. C19, Los Angeles, www.gandbcoffee.com."

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                      Servorg RE: kevin May 29, 2013 05:06 PM

                      I had heard it was going to be on Larchmont in the Village, but they are going to be in the newly revamped GCM downtown according to the article. Pretty cool. Seems like the new GCM will become a destination and give a boost to the red line subway ridership as well.

        2. Servorg RE: kevin May 29, 2013 06:39 AM

          I'm sorry I never made it here. The photos of the bacon they served looks amazing (this place was an effort by the two guys that began Salt's Cure evidently). What did you have at this place, kev?

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            kevin RE: Servorg May 29, 2013 11:17 AM

            Egg and cheese biscuit (which I loved).

            Brownies (which were more fudgey than cake-ish if you catch my drift). Brownies were about $2.50.

            Pretty decent chocolate croissants (though obscenely pricey on that item at $5, which I had to do a double-take regarding).

            Corned beef reuben which was made with thick, slices of housemade, pulled corned beef. Great though it would still obviously run second to Langer's. But it did blow the majority of other versions in town out of the water.

          2. TonyC RE: kevin May 29, 2013 09:18 AM

            I'm going with: not enough non-Jews ordered the $15 corned beef.

            Also, it had consistency issues. bread sometimes burnt, burgers oft overcooked. At $7 for a slider, it couldn't afford to be.

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              kevin RE: TonyC May 29, 2013 11:19 AM

              I really liked the burger too. Though on that particular item I only tried it once.

              The biscuit is what I ordered on a half dozen different occasions.

              I guess the old adage: Location, location, location does apply. Though I've never found parking to be too pressing a deterrent.

            2. maxzook RE: kevin May 29, 2013 11:23 AM

              Good deli, but they seemed to have a tendency to coast on their reputation. The first time I went there, the cashier and the counterman (who were working four feet apart) couldn't agree whether they were sold out of the corned beef sandwich. Bottom line, Yelp and Facebook alone won't keep a place open in a bad location.

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                kevin RE: maxzook May 29, 2013 11:41 AM

                Hmmm, I heard there may have been an internal dispute between the owners in their respective visions for the joint.

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