A cornerstone of the local community, Kearns Deli has shut its doors after 14 years.
It’s rare that the closing of a small business makes our news column. But it seems everyone was touched in some way here.
Below is a letter we received from Jim Kearns in the wee hours Friday:
I’d like to take this opportunity to let you and "theLoop" readership know that Lillian and I have sold our business to a VERY nice couple,Edwin & Amy Estacio.Our last day of business was Thursday,Nov.5 and the store is now closed for much needed renovation.It will re-open as a beautiful,state -of-the art bakery/deli and we hope that all of our friends in Larchmont will join us at their Grand Opening.
Lillian & I would like to apologize to all of our loyal customers for closing on such short notice,but we had very little control over the exact timing of the deal and did not want to make a premature announcement.We’d like to emphasize to all of our friends that this is a good thing for us.
Although we are (really) going to miss everybody,we are both pretty burnt out after 14 yrs. of 7 day weeks & 14hr. work days.We intend to stay in touch and have compiled an e-mail list toward that end.PLEASE e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if we do not have your contact info.We are also planning an Evening at the Cellar Bar so that we can say farewell properly.I plan to spend Saturday morning loitering outside the store so that I can say good-bye to some of our week-end regulars.THANK YOU to everyone who has made the past 14 yrs. so rewarding for us!
(hey Jim: can i have the hendrix poster?)