From www.SaveTheDeli.com: Milton Parker, the legendary owner of the Carnegie Delicatessen, passed away [Jan. 30] at the well-lived age of 90. To anyone who knows the New York deli business, Parker’s name was legendary. He and partner Leo Steiner purchased the Carnegie Delicatessen in 1976, and transformed it into one of the most successful delis in all of America. Before Parker, the Carnegie was one of many well known delis near Times Square, but by emulating the massive portions and showbiz-friendliness of the nearby Stage Delicatessen, Parker turned the Carnegie into a phenomenon. The so called “Pastrami War” between the two delis resulted in both having massive lines snaking out the front, drawing locals and tourists alike for towers of meat that no sane person could properly digest. They began curing their pastrami, corned beef, and tongue in-house, and eventually set up an off-site commissary to make their meats and famous cheesecakes, first in the Lower East Side, and later in New Jersey. Parker and Steiner made the Carnegie Delicatessen a destination, an institution, and a New York landmark.
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