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Stop by Smallman Street Deli in Squirrel Hill for a closing celebration

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, 2:57 p.m.
The Smallman Street Deli in Squirrel Hill will close after a customer celebration event Dec. 29-30 after 13 years in business, but that’s not the end. The original Strip District location on Smallman St. remains open.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
The Smallman Street Deli in Squirrel Hill will close after a customer celebration event Dec. 29-30 after 13 years in business, but that’s not the end. The original Strip District location on Smallman St. remains open.

Say goodbye to the Smallman Street Deli in Squirrel Hill with a corned beef on rye at 2005 prices.

Owner Jeff Cohen of Squirrel Hill said Thursday it was a tough decision to close the location after 13 years, but he wanted to make sure the store had a proper farewell.

He’s planning a two-day customer celebration from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 29-30 before the doors close for good.

There will be specials both days.

“We want to thank all of our loyal customers,” Cohen said. “They have truly become friends more than customers. I will miss being part of Squirrel Hill from providing catering for the holidays to watching all of the kids who’ve come through here grow up. We hope we will still see them.”

The deli’s other location at 2840 Smallman St. in the Strip District. Cohen plans to extend hours to include Sundays there sometime in January. He said he will now be able to focus his attention on the one shop as well as his other business adjacent to the Strip District deli, Weiss Provision Company which provides custom cut meats. He’s owned that since 1995.

“It was time,” Cohen said. “I am not able to run them both to the level I want to only being one person. We had a great run. Squirrel Hill is an amazing neighborhood and showed that on Oct. 27 when 11 innocent people were murdered. That was the toughest day I have ever had. It’s still pretty much in everyone’s mind. We are moving on but we will never forget.

“We want customers to know they are welcome in the Strip District and can get the same quality as the Squirrel Hill location, including catering. And there is free parking.”

JoAnne Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062 or jharrop@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Jharrop_Trib.

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