The iconic Carnegie Deli will close forever

Just shy of its 80th anniversary, the iconic Carnegie Deli — home of comically large sandwiches named after celebrities — will close for good at the end of the year. Along with those huge and expensive sandwiches, the restaurant became known for waiters who were not interested in being friendly to you. Its location in midtown also helped solidify its position as a tourist destination and one of New York's most recognizable delicatessens.

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NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES - 2016/02/17: Food Critic Mimi Sheraton joins Mayor de Blasio to attend the grand re-opening of New York City's iconic Carnegie Deli. (Photo by Louise Wateridge/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates official grand reopening of Carnegie Deli on February 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Zak Photography/Getty Images)
Sumo wrestler Torsten Scheibler of Germany (R) gestures as he tries to finish a sandwich at the Carnegie Deli in New York October 18, 2005. Scheibler is among the more than 20 sumo wrestlers from all over the world who will be in New York for the World S.U.M.O. Challenge at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. REUTERS/Seth Wenig
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Official grand reopening of Carnegie Deli on February 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Zak Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES - 2016/02/17: Mayor de Blasio attends the grand re-opening of New York City's iconic Carnegie Deli. (Photo by Louise Wateridge/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES - 2016/02/17: Actor Dominic Chianese & Food Critic Mimi Sheraton join Mayor de Blasio to attend the grand re-opening of New York City's iconic Carnegie Deli. (Photo by Louise Wateridge/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES - 2016/02/17: General view of the grand re-opening of New York City's iconic Carnegie Deli. (Photo by Louise Wateridge/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Official grand reopening of Carnegie Deli on February 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Zak Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: Sarri Harper, Marian Harper and Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrate Official grand reopening of Carnegie Deli on February 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Zak Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: People pass the Carnegie Delicatessen in Manhattan after it was shut down over an investigation into tampering with natural gas lines April 28, 2015 in New York City. The landmark deli was closed after Con Ed inspectors discovered evidence that the iconic restaurant had illegally tampered with its gas hookup. (Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Atmosphere during The Danny Kaye's Centennial at the Carnegie Deli on April 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for PMK-BNC)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: People pass the Carnegie Delicatessen in Manhattan after it was shut down over an investigation into tampering with natural gas lines April 28, 2015 in New York City. The landmark deli was closed after Con Ed inspectors discovered evidence that the iconic restaurant had illegally tampered with its gas hookup. (Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Actor/playwright Jake Ehrenreich attends Carnegie Deli's Sandwich Inauguration Ceremony for Off-Broadway Show 'A Jew Grows In Brooklyn' at the Carnegie Deli on May 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Dena Kaye (center) cuts the first Danny Kaye Deli Club to commemorate Danny Kaye's Centennial at the Carnegie Deli on April 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for PMK-BNC)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Atmosphere at the Carnegie Deli's Sandwich Inauguration Ceremony For Off-Broadway Show 'A Jew Grows In Brooklyn' at the Carnegie Deli on May 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen unveils the TALKwich sandwich at the Carnegie Deli on December 11, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Marc Stamas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Pickle Man, Marian Levine, Sandy Levine and Elliott Jacabson unveil new 'Family Pickle' sandwich in honor of reality TV series debut at the Carnegie Deli on October 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Sandy Levine unveils new 'Family Pickle' sandwich at the Carnegie Deli on October 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Judy Gold attends 'The Judy Show' sandwich unveiling at the Carnegie Deli on September 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Sandy Levine unveils new 'Family Pickle' sandwich at the Carnegie Deli on October 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 15: The Las Vegas All-Star Dance Team is presented with the 'Vivacious Vegas Sandwich' during a naming ceremony on February 15, 2007 at the Carnegie Deli in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
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News of the closure comes only months after the restaurant reopenedin February after Con Ed shut it down because of an illegal gas connection. This, however, was just one issue that plagued the business recently. Two years ago, a court ordered owner Marian Harper Levine to pay over $2.6 million in back wages to employees, a problem that she blamed on her then-husband, Sandy Levine, who managed the restaurant. At the time, the two were involved in nasty, prolonged divorce proceedings.

In the end, though, none of this drama is the cause of Carnegie's ultimate demise. Marian Levine owns the building that Carnegie calls home, and will simply close it voluntarily, telling the New York Post she's tired and needs "to take a step back." Carnegie will live on in products and through licensed branches in Las Vegas and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, so those giant sandwiches will still have homes, albeit ones outside New York City.

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