Pumpernickles Deli officially closed


Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content Officer

The iconic Pumpernickles Delicatessen in Creve Coeur is permanently closing.  In a Facebook post published on Monday, just before 2 p.m., deli management announced that the decision to shutter the long-time St. Louis Jewish deli institution was due to current economic conditions.

“We thank our customers for your continuing support and patronage. After all these years you are family to us. Best wishes to everyone!!”

— Pumpernickles management

The deli, located at 11036 Olive Blvd., had a menu of Jewish staples like award-winning pastrami and other fresh meats, and amazing cheeses. They were famous for their half-sour pickles, knishes, braided challahs and of course their matzah ball soup.

According to the deli’s website, Harlan Levin had been the owner of Pumpernickles Deli since April 2012.

Pumpernickles was a family affair. Harlan and his two sons, Bryan and Richard, keep the restaurant and deli hopping 6 days a week.

The deli fashioned itself a meeting place where family, friends, & business associates could eat, meet and kibitz.

We are awaiting more information on this story and will update as new information becomes available.

Sad Reaction

I personally had my last “mishagos” just a week ago Sunday, and it will go down as one of the best corned beef hash dishes, I’ve ever had.

On social media, comments from fans are pouring in, thanking the Levin family for the years of service and wishing them well.

So sorry to hear this! For years, and before it was Pumpernickels, my parents had a regular table and a regular time on Su day mornings. I have many great memories of meeting my parents there. Best wishes to you all.

— Tina

Thank you Harlan and sons…loved creations like the Smokey Louis..they were inspirations for sandwhiches i would go onto create..and the ‘half sammy’ half pastrami half chopped liver with a bit of red onion…monumental works of art! Best to Y’all!

— Michael

So very sad. We’re losing all our Jewish Delis

— Steve