Phoenix deli serves up final dish to customers

After 60 years of serving pastrami and brisket, a local favorite bids farewell in Phoenix.

A Phoenix hot spot for hot lunch is closing its doors after 60 years.

The Park Central Deli has done regulars proud daily for a long time but the owners, Jimmy Bickoff and Charlie Sands say, it's time to wrap it up.

Grinding away for decades, Bickoff and Sands, who bought the deli in 2005 from the previous owners, say it's been a good run.

“We've been together for a long time, we haven't killed each other yet and now it's time to move on," Bickoff said. "Our lease is up at the end of the year."

Bad news for the 400-plus customers who come here regularly.

“It's brisket, it's corn beef, it's pastrami and every once in a while their turkey -- they have a great turkey lunch too,” one customer said.

Bickoff says he doesn't know every customers name but he sure does know what they like to order!

“I have people from back in ‘77 when I opened my first deli that I haven't seen since the 80's come in and say they look the same, they talk the same, they order the same pastrami and cheese on onion roll,” Bickoff said.

It's a neighborhood place where food and family are one and the same, some customers even say the dishes are so good they won't give them up.

“We plan on going to his house every week,” customers said.

From the staff to the sandwiches and the conversations to the koi pond, it's certainly a spot that many will miss.

“We've loved it," Bickoff said. "It's been our baby and we've enjoyed the time here but like I said, it's time to move on. I have three beautiful granddaughters and I plan to have a good time with them.”

The final plate was served at 3:30 p.m. Friday but the deli's legacy will live on through its loyal patrons for a lifetime.

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