Jerry's Deli Closes: Goodbye Mile-High Pastrami Sandwiches

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Photo by Laine Doss
Jerry's Famous Deli has closed.
After more than a dozen years serving pastrami to South Beach night owls, tourists, and locals alike, Jerry's Famous Deli has closed. The restaurant shuttered its doors last weekend.

See also: 100 Favorite Dishes: Matzo Ball Soup at Jerry's Deli

Ike Starkman and Jerry Seidman opened the first Jerry's Famous Deli in 1978 in Studio City, California. It made a reputation for itself by serving authentic New York deli offerings. The restaurant caught on like wildfire, capitalizing on its location near a host of television and film studios with many New York transplants seeking a taste of home.

The South Beach location of Jerry's Famous Deli opened in the early 2000s. The Starkman family, with son Jason at the helm, also owns the three Miami-Dade Epicure Gourmet Markets. The deli was named Best Late-Night dining in 2003 by New Times. The South Beach location, much like the California delis, capitalized on the fact that many New Yorkers, both here on vacation and on a more permanent basis, would miss the "mile-high" corned beef, pastrami, and brisket sandwiches made famous by Manhattan institutions like Katz's and Carnegie Deli.

Jason Starkman issued the following statement about the restaurant's closure:

"After 14 successful years on South Beach, Jerry's Famous Deli has decided to close our doors. Our initial lease was up and there was interest from another company who wanted the space. Thank you to all of our customers, staff and friends who have made the last 14 years so amazing. Jerry's Famous Deli continues in California, so please visit us there."

It's rumored that Señor Frog's might take over the giant 11,000-square-foot space.

We'll miss the ability to get matzo ball soup and a good slice of cheesecake in South Beach 24/7.

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Location Info

Jerry's Famous Deli - CLOSED

1450 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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zippyjet
zippyjet

Jason and family: I'm sorry for your loss however, Jerry's Deli in South Beach was a fair at best successor to the much better Rascal House and Wolfies. High prices, lackof goodies such as table rolls, pickels and sour kraut were negatives in my book. I wish you would have held on to the Rascal House or better yet opened a Rascal House complete with it's quality and outstanding food quality in Sobe. The Rascal House in its final years got pricey but, I and many gladly forked out our hard earned money for great food, quality and quantity. No offense to you left coasters but please keep the pricey austere dining fare in LA. In cities such as NYC, Baltimore and of 

course Miami Beach we know better when it comes to gut filling kosher style comfort food. West Coast dining works on the west coast. If you do another deli in Miami Beach please exercise some common sense and bring back a Wolfies or Rascal House and yes please ad the table rolls, pickels and sour kraut. Then you'll have a winner that transcends generations and be a popular must dine event for folks from all nations and cultures and us old enough to remember when you could get heavenly food complete with those melt in your mouth store baked table rolls and rugala. 

JResnickFl
JResnickFl

Jerry's Famous Deli opened on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 which is less than 12 years ago and over 2 years less in business than what Jason Starkman stated in his release about the closing and also about lease being up. Lease was a 20 year so failure has a lot to do with the closing or perhaps maybe the karma of bad ownership/bad management ie; Justin caught up with them.

Eva Rambo
Eva Rambo

Service was not good very expensive only i will miss cheaseecake thats its!!!!

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Whatever, its Miami, restaurants come and go. Only in Miami would anyone even consider a decade old restaurant to be a 'landmark", sometimes our own silliness amuses even us cynical natives. Let it go, it won't be missed, and in 6 mths , nobody will remember it ever existed in the first place.

Veronica Loza
Veronica Loza

I remember When it was the famous "Warsaw" I wonder what's next...

katrina1977us
katrina1977us

even if Jerrys was overpriced and not so great, Senor Frogs is going to be a friggin nightmare.


Josh Mattey
Josh Mattey

Never had a good meal there, never had good service and I gave it over 6 chances a year for last 12 years....

Janina Kowalski
Janina Kowalski

I sure hope they put another cvs or walgreens there! There are not enough on the beach....lol

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

damn this sucks, this was one of the good places in miami to eat, i went there acouple of times, great food and open 24/7

Adam Fox
Adam Fox

Jerry's sucks anyway. Ain't rascal house.

Molly Polo
Molly Polo

Whattttt?! jocelyn AnnMarie - aww goodbye 24hr deliciousness but I love señor froggies

jocelyn m
jocelyn m

Molly Polo and AnnMarie Adelhardt what is going on in Miami?!

Katina Sosa
Katina Sosa

Monica Maria Alarcon Natalie Peña sad to see it go!!! Good, good memories lol

Chanoa Chen
Chanoa Chen

Jenni Ann they had roaches in the windows and crazy prices for so-so food - gross

Cts Limo Cts Limo
Cts Limo Cts Limo

The prices were too high only tourists ate there because of it!

Dylan Roberts
Dylan Roberts

Please God no. Jerry's was horrible, but that would be worse... Can't we just send all the tourists to Bongo's?

Mary Rodriguez
Mary Rodriguez

Iury Carvalho Alejandro Serra Claudia Blanco Sergio Lopez Farlin Betancourt

Juny Lee
Juny Lee

Finally!!! Over priced and underwhelming food! Yuck!

Linda Watson
Linda Watson

Yep, Like the Irish House on Alton Rd. :(

zippyjet
zippyjet

True, however such stalwarts such as Wolfie's, Rascal House, Pumpernicks and Corkies were around for generations. My mom went to all the above as a teen in the 1950's. Sadly Starkman thought LA prices and quality would swim in Miami Beach. Didn't work. My last meal at Jerry's was last year the morning of the DC Navy Yard shooting. The place was a ghost town. Breakfast set me back over $11.00! What did my Eleven bucks buy? Mediocre Scrambled Eggs, so so hash browns and a toasted bagel probably from Sam's Club or Wal Mart. When I went to Rascal House for the same money maybe a bit less I got:

1. Unlimited table rolls fresh baked, including onion rolls, rye rolls and salt sticks. Plus danishes including their melt in your mouth rugala.

2. Fresh hash browns with onions and If I'm not mistaken a kosher style beef sausage patty. Starkman bought Rascal House in the early 2000's. Food up there was still outstanding but prices doubled, and hours reduced. Old familiar wait staff that had been there for years had gone on. Including a couple old school Jewish waitresses that reminded me of the old lady in the Seinfeld Chocolate Bobka episode and a waiter that had come from Cuba to Miami when Castro came to power! Jerry Starkman and family please "keep the change." Learn from your mistakes and right this ship and return old school Jewish dining to the beach. A side item, I work for a major low cost airline out of Baltimore and I was checking in a South Beach resident. Her assessment of Jerry's Famous? The food sucks but it serves a purpose when it's 3:00 AM and you are wasted from too much partying in South Beach.

tewbusyworking
tewbusyworking

Irish House had good food!  This was in response to Jeffery below


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