Home DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT Nate'n Al's: Memories Of LaLaLand’s Most Famous Deli
Nate'n Al's: Memories Of LaLaLand’s Most Famous Deli PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor came home from service in the Korean War in 1953 and got a job at the daily Beverly Hills Citizen, owned by Will Rogers, Jr. Though my $75 a week newspaper salary was less than my Navy pay, one advantage was often rubbing shoulders with famed movie stars of the time.

I covered stories about Frank Sinatra, Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Lucille Ball, Milton Berle and others. Groucho Marx lived just a few blocks from our office and often stopped by to chat. One of the city’s places that attracted many stars was Nate 'n Al’s Deli around the corner from the newspaper building, which opened in 1945. I lunched there, often among Hollywood stars, including Doris Day and Carol Channing. I still remember dining with a shy young unknown next to me at our table named Jerry Lewis.

Today, I live only 20 minutes away and go to the deli often. There are rumors now that the 80-year-old eatery will be closing soon. So, if your California travel plans include visiting Beverly Hills, be sure to dine at Nate ’n Al’s before the deli doors and corned beef aromas may close forever.

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