Tower Records founder Russ Solomon got honored twice last night.
He strolled into Red Rabbit with a medal around his neck, newly inducted into the California Hall of Fame. Under the patio’s market lights, swarms nibbled on pastrami sandwiches, latkes, rugelach and black and white cookies. At the bar, a vat of chocolate syrup sat ready for egg cream orders.
The eats signaled the evening’s important announcement: the upcoming Jewish deli on K Street will be named Solomon’s Delicatessen.
The deli comes from Sheila Wolfe, Lydia Inghram and Jami Goldstene, who co-chair the annual Jewish Food Faire. Joined by Hot Italian founder Andrea Lepore and the Red Rabbit team of Sonny Mayugba, John Bays and Matt Nurge, they’re aiming for a September 22, 2017 opening date.
The location at 726 K Street will actually occupy a space that once belonged to Tower Records. As such, the two-story business will function as a community destination for both deli goods like smoked fish, bialys and matzo ball soup as well as live music.
And the slogan “No bagels, no life” echoes Tower’s old motto.
“After all my life, I end up named after a bagel,” Solomon said, laughing.
Wolfe said the deli will be open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and “late-night noshing,” and will offer a mix of products sourced locally and from afar. In other words, “real bagels—not just big doughy things,” she said.
Wolfe also acknowledged folks in the suburbs who might not be able to easily access the downtown deli.
“We’re just going to make this our flagship location,” she said, specifically mentioning goals of one day expanded to Folsom, Carmichael and even the Tahoe area.