Reuben’s Deli & Bar Paddington Closes For Good

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Photo credit: Reuben’s Deli & Bar/Google Maps

After three years of operating in Paddington, Reuben’s Deli & Bar has closed its doors for good, with the owners bidding farewell to their loyal customers through a social media post.

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“It’s been an absolute honour to get to know the best damn customers in the world. We’ve met amazing people during our three years, and have many new friends,” owners Manny and Peggy Rosenberg wrote on a Facebook post.

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Reuben’s owners Manny and Peggy Rosenberg (Photo credit: Reuben’s Deli & Bar/Facebook)

The Rosenbergs shared they will also miss their neighbors, the shop owners of Paddington who were very supportive.

“We are happy you liked our favourite American foods as much as we do. But the pleasure was all ours. Love you all,” they said.

Locals are sorry to hear about Reuben’s Deli & Bar’s permanent closure, which, like its namesake, is popular for their Reubens.

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Photo credit: Reuben’s Deli & Bar/Facebook

“The best Reuben sandwich in Brisbane gone. Best of luck for your future but wow what a loss for Brisbane,” local John said.

“So thankful for the taste of home away from home you provided. Wishing you both the best. We’ll miss you!” wrote Danielle.

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Photo credit: Reuben’s Deli & Bar/Facebook

Although closing their beloved restaurant was difficult, they were forced to stop trading after facing two years of debt which piled up during the pandemic. Fortunately, a buyer contacted the Rosenbergs, who wanted to take over the space at Given Terrace.

Besides their signature New York deli sandwich, the deli was best known for their South Philly Cheesesteak, Italian Hoagie, and smoked chicken salad sandwich.

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Photo credit: Reuben’s Deli & Bar/Facebook

Aside from notifying customers of their sudden closure, the owners also announced that they settled with the new buyer in July 2022, who will develop their own concept and not trade as Reuben’s. 

Mr Rosenberg, who had Total Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery in June 2022, will also focus on his health for now.