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Greenblatt’s Deli Restaurant and Fine Wine Shop on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood shuttered for good Wednesday
It indicated the sudden closure with a brief statement on its website which read, “Greenblatt’s has closed. Thanks to all our loyal customers for a great 95 years!” Many fans rushed over to get a final meal Wednesday.
“I’m honestly still in shock about all this,” Justin Staple told CBSLA.
“I literally just found out today that they’re closing today,” Chloe Bertles added. “It happened fast, it hits your heart. We were running over so we could get one last hurrah.”
Eater LA reported that the closure was due to the difficulty of operating during the pandemic and finding staff. The store had just recently reopened for in-person dining a few months ago.
The Jewish deli was first opened back in 1926 by Herman Greenblatt. It was purchased by the Kavin family in the 1940s and has been operated by them ever since. It counted among its customers the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Groucho Marx, John Belushi and Billie Holiday, according to its website.
Ed Buck Found Guilty In West Hollywood Overdose Deaths
Former political donor Ed Buck was convicted Tuesday of a series of federal charges, including providing methamphetamine to two men who died in his West Hollywood apartment.
The 66-year-old was convicted of all nine counts he was facing. Jurors deliberated for just four and a half hours before reaching a verdict.
Buck was convicted of two counts of distributing methamphetamine that resulted in the deaths of 55-year-old Timothy Dean in January of 2019, and 26-year-old Gemmel Moore in July 2017.
Each of the two charges of distribution of controlled substances resulting in death carry 20-year mandatory minimums.
He also faced state charges of running a drug den, but the federal case proceeded first.
Following the verdict, attorneys and families of the victims held a news conference outside of the courthouse.
Timothy Dean’s sister said she was “over-the-moon excited,” about the verdict. His other sister, Joyce Jackson, said it was a bittersweet day.
“Finally, Ed Buck will never harm anyone else, and I thank God for that,” Jackson said. “And as I leave L.A., going back home, I thank everybody that has helped keep us strong throughout the three weeks that we’ve been here.”
Dane Brown, a surviving victim of Buck’s, said, “Walking out of that house, I didn’t know what was going to happen next, and I didn’t know all of this was going to happen but I’m so happy and so relieved that these families can get the justice that they deserve because they’re the ones who suffered pain more than I did.”
“I made it out alive, but they’re suffering because they had to lose someone in order for this to happen,” Brown said.
Gemmel Moore’s mother said, “Thank you to everybody that believed us.” She also mentioned Tuesday marked the four-year anniversary of the day her son died.
Prosecutors allege Buck had a “fetish” for paying Black men to allow him to inject them with methamphetamine, even while they were passed out. Buck lured vulnerable, homeless gay men, who were addicted to drugs or working as escorts, to his Laurel Avenue apartment, where he provided drugs in exchange for sexual activity, a trial memorandum alleges.
These are the two main news of the city of West Hollywood lately.