Linny’s Delicatessen

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You can’t see it that well in this picture of Beverly Drive but the red building at left was Linny’s Delicatessen, which served the best corned beef sandwich in town.  The building went through several other tenants before turning into R.J.’s, one of the more popular places to eat ribs in Beverly Hills before it too went away.  The best corned beef in the vicinity is now two blocks to the north at Nate ‘n’ Al’s Deli. That did not change during the year-or-so in which someone tried to operate a branch of New York’s famous Carnegie Deli in a building between where Linny’s used to be and where Nate ‘n’ Al’s has been for a long, long time and still is. It was the Carnegie in name only and I suspect every Nate ‘n’ Al’s customer ate there once before returning, having learned a valuable lesson, to Nate ‘n’ Al’s.

Next door to Linny’s, you can see an outpost of the Lerner Stores, part of a chain of women’s clothing stores. The famed playwright Alan Jay Lerner (author of My Fair Lady) was of the family that owned the company. At some point, it was replaced by an outlet of Lane Bryant’s, a clothing shop that caters to plus-sized women. This was very convenient for ladies who ate often at Linny’s.

More or less across the street from Linny’s was the wonderful Ontra Cafeteria where I’d be dining often if there were still Ontra Cafeterias.

Also, at the far right of this photo, you can see Melody Lane, which was a popular coffee shop of the day.  It was situated at the corner of Beverly Drive and Wilshire Boulevard.  The white thing at the center of the picture is the dome of the Beverly Theater, a movie palace with an Egyptian decor that showed, at least when I was going there, good ol’ American movies.  I saw Oliver! there and The Twelve Chairs, not on the same double bill.  It was later converted into a jewelry store and was torn down completely in the middle of 2005.

30 Responses to Linny’s Delicatessen

  • Quigs says:

    What year did Linny’s close? Does anyone remember why it closed?

  • Anne McCarthy says:

    How well I do remember Linny’s. My first husband, Joe Dagenais, who died in 1991, took me there when we were dating in 1967. After we married we moved to an apartment on South Elm Drive with our little boy, who is now 51 years old! I would put our son in his stroller, cut out down Elm Drive to Wilshire to Beverly Drive. I’d shop at Lerner’s and Newberry’s 5 and Dime. My husband had his hair cut at Rothchild’s on Beverly Drive by Harry Gelbart. We lunched often at Linny’s and I remember in particular a wonderful sturgeon sandwich. Great days in Beverly Hills before such extreme wealth took over. It was a wonderful place for a young mother to get out and walk with a child. We moved away in 1973, and the last time I was in Beverly Hills was 1998. I appreciate having a place to share memories of a special restaurant and a special neighborhood.

  • Monique Bryher says:

    Like Elyce, I was born in the mid-50s. My grandmother worked part-time at Lerner’s fitting ladies with bras. My mother purchased some of my clothes there. My grandmother did take us to Linny’s a few times but I absolutely loved the Ontra.

  • Peter Haase says:

    My mother was the hostess at Linnys in the late 60’s while I was in the Army and stationed in Vietnam. When I returned from the the war and was discharged I found a world of friends especially Max Krauthammer and Morris Schneider the owners. I would never have to pay for ANY meal and was always treated like a king and with respect. I enjoyed the conversations I had with the staff and owners. My mother collected numerous movie stars signatures and well wishes on the back of Linnys business cards along with words of encouragement which I still have today. Great memories and I really loved the owners.

  • Andee says:

    I grew up in BH and remember Linny’s. They had the best cheesecake. It wasn’t an overdosed baked blob of cream cheese, but a drier, more flavorful concoction that I would love to make in my own kitchen someday.

    David, please share the recipe with us, if you have it?
    David says:
    July 27, 2013 at 10:31 am
    Lois, the owners of Linny’s were my grandfather, Max Krauthamer and his brother-in-law Morris Schneider.

  • Elyce says:

    This site is fantastic! I wad born (in the mid 1950s) & raised in LA, CA, & you’ve brought back so many memories! We loved Linny’s & also ate at the Ontra Cafeteria.

  • Nick Smith says:

    I remember Morris Gordon the good looking manager. The women loved him and would always come to see him. This was during the 50’s.

  • Joan says:

    Which was first to open on Beverly Drive, Linny’s or Nate ‘n Al’s? And were they both in business during overlapping decades? or just the sixties? I remember the Blums on Wilshire and Camden, it was like a cute little house. Ah, that Coffee Crunch Cake! Still missed by many, though Valerie’s Confections (In Grand Central Market, and off Beverly Blvd near downtown) does have something like it, but not as good.

  • Marilynne Marcos Jawitz says:

    I just love everybody’s comments! I moved from Chicago to west hollywood in 1965! I worked on Canon dr ( 202 & 190) My boyfriend took me to Linny’s all the time! My favorite was the cheese & blueberry blintzes! I think they were kinda deep-fried! I used to have breakfast at the ontra – what wonderful memories! ate at hamburger hamlet and blums ( the montecristo sandwich and loved the coffeeoca milk shakes! Moved to south florida in 1970 and haven’t left – haven’t been back to California and I miss it or do I miss my memories that aren’t there anymore??

  • Fred Stratton says:

    I also remember Sol Schwartz’ jewelry store. My mother worked next door at a French Bookstore called St. Germain des Pres (circa 1968–I was 6-7 years old). Sol Schwartz was the nicest man: He gave me an old golf ball to bounce around and fill my idle time with. The ambience on Beverly Drive back then was really fun….very quaint, small shops, some celebrities to look at…Sharon Tate actually came into St. Germain des Pres to buy an agenda book for her husband Roman Polanski. Very happy childhood times on Beverly Drive.

  • John Hindsill says:

    I lived in San Carlos area (Navajo/Lake Murray) when DZ opened. Been back a few times since I left SD Cty; it had tripled it’s size last time I was there, taking over nearly the whole shopping center. Glad its still around–same location? Same owners?

    The barley soup WAS terrific. But it was the bread pudding! It was the best ANYWHERE. It was never the same, ever. Whatever left over breads and bagels were available went into that day’s concoction. Thanks for the memory, Tricia.

  • Tricia Salazar says:

    DZ Akin’s in San Diego is a lot like this deli. They even make bean and barley soup and home made knish. I wasn’t going to comment but i have to say Hello to France Schwartz, not that i know you but i enjoyed your post and I would love to hear the stories of all the old days!

  • France's Schwartz says:

    Hi,I worked at Linny’s in Bar Area with Bartender Irving an my best friend Audrey Marvin -we served many celebrities-these were the Best Of Times.I am 99 years old now an still enjoying life

  • Linda Thuringer says:

    I did a story on Hoffman & Lowes for the Herald Examiner. Fell in love with the place, bought some items which I still wear.

  • Judy Simon Kessler says:

    I used to work next door to Linny’s at Hoffman & Lowe Jewelers. A beautiful store that had Estate Jewelry and objects of art.

    I had lunch there every day. This was from 1969 to 1974. The food was always fantastic. The brisket sandwich was my favorite.

    A group of jewelry store workers ate there too. People from Van Cleef and Arpels, Sol Schwartz jewelers and others. Also a lot of lawyers and professional people.

    The staff was excellent too.

    Sure miss those days

    Beverly Drive was a lot better then at least I thought so.

  • Naomi says:

    You can’t mention Blum’s without remembering their fabulous coffee crunch cake. Loved Linny’s. The photo was a walk down memory lane for me – shopping at Taffy’s, and Nobby Knit (don’t remember how they spelled it) throughout high school.

  • Annette Koodlach-Oels says:

    My relatives owned and operated Linny’s and we ate there all the time. Their names were Morrie Schneider and his brother. My mom worked there for a bit too. Her name was Ruth Koodlach. Would love to be able to get in touch with my family from that era. The food was fantastic. Wish we had a Jewish Del;i here in alaska.

  • Quigs says:

    “Dennis Copelan says:
    August 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm
    I believe Melody Lane later became Blums.”

    I remember Blums as being on the southeast corner of Wilshire & Beverly Drive. As a student, I went there for the wonderful orange ice cream sodas that I always ordered with 1/2 a tuna sandwich. I loved that restaurant and was so sad when it closed.

  • Jeremy Dunbar says:

    Never went to linnies because I was born in 1996 but I always have wanted to because Moriss Schneider is me and my sisters great grandfather so its our family history

  • Les Schwartz says:

    …ate there often in High school. Used to see Danny Thomas often. Also saw Cyd Charisse, Tony Martin, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. circa 1958.

  • Ace Diamond says:

    Linny’s was the ‘go to’ deli in Beverly Hills,the only one (I believe) at the time.
    Existed before Nate’n Al’s. My then wife introduced me to it as an after school hangout with her college buddies. I recall the sauerkraut & half done kosher pickles served gratis before your order was taken.
    I later had an office nearby & frequented Linny’s at least once weekly for lunch. Could usually spot one or two celebrities there. Imagine a knish for two bits! The matzoh ball soup,best in the West.

  • Mark Kraus says:

    This was my birthday restaurant as a kid. What a deli . I still remember my 12th birthday when comedian Phil Silvers came in.

  • Kym Bash says:

    Yes, my sister Randy and I ate there often. I’ve never found a better bowl of bean and barley soup anywhere. I still miss this wonderful deli.

  • Randy Bash says:

    Linny’s was my family’s deli. My sister and I ate there often.

  • David says:

    Lois, the owners of Linny’s were my grandfather, Max Krauthamer and his brother-in-law Morris Schneider.

  • Lois Sherman says:

    Who was(were)the owner of Linny’s??

  • Bonnie says:

    In the seventies I worked in Beverly Hills, and could walk to Linny’s on my lunch hour. This was our favorite place to get roast beef sandwiches, the best I’ve ever had anywhere then and since. The sandwich was on very fresh rye bread, and piled higher than one could imagine. I’m sure it was prime rib sliced thin, but it was never advertised as that, just roast beef. I hate that this place is gone!

  • John Hindsill says:

    In 1961 I worked p/t at a small shoe store a couple of doors south of Linny’s.
    I most always started the afternoon before work with a knish (sometimes potato, sometimes meat) and a bottle of Dr. Browns Cream Soda to go. After a few weeks, my boss, Mel–funny I remember his name, but not the stores–had me bring in the same for him.
    David is correct, they were delicious and filling.
    After college and no longer a shoe clerk, I sometimes went in for a full lunch. I could afford it, then.

  • David Knopf says:

    Many many years ago, I worked in the mail room at William Morris. The best cheap lunch in BH was a knish to go at Linny’s for $.25. They were delicious and filling.

  • Dennis Copelan says:

    I believe Melody Lane later became Blums.

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