Hal’s Deli prepares to close with online auction and cake

An online auction began at noon today for furnishings and equipment from Hal’s Deli, which is closing next week. The deli’s family owners are planning a farewell with cake for customers on their final day, next Tuesday.

One last #10 House Special with mini potato pancakes? 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.

Hal Kuntz, the original proprietor, passed away about thirty years ago, but his memory has lived on in the tasty food, and his wife, Sandy, still comes in from time to time to help her kids, Jackie and Michael, run the business. They opened the original Hal’s in April 1961, and it will close just over 56 years later.

An online auction being conducted by Whitney Point based Manasse Auctions includes the deli’s classic diner coffee mugs and ceramic plates; furniture like barstools, tables, and chairs; cooking equipment like stock pots and a Vulcan six-burner stove; a walk-in cooler, beverage cooler, and refrigerated deli case; and lots more.

The auction ends at 7:30pm next Wednesday, May 24th, with payment made by 4pm Thursday, and items must be picked up next Thursday and Friday.

Co-owner Jackie Schaaf, Hal and Sandy’s daughter, says her daughter Allison plans to bring the kids for the last day, next Tuesday, when they’ll be dishing out cake to celebrate decades of memories. (Allison’s the one with the namesake breakfast sandwich.)

Visiting Hal’s before they close? Plan on spending four to ten bucks for breakfast or lunch, and yes, Hal’s delivers a piping-hot breakfast as early as 6am. Hal’s Deli will close on May 23rd. Call them at 607-273-7765 or visit them at 115 North Aurora Street on Restaurant Row, and tell them you heard about them here.

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