Reubens restaurant and deli has closed on Baker Street in central London after 46 years of trading. The sudden closure is the result of a family bereavement, according to a Facebook and Instagram post from the kosher restaurant and deli from Tuesday morning. The owners said:
With a heavy heart, unexpectedly we have had to close due to a family bereavement. We are proud that of the 46 years Reubens has served the community. Our family have proudly run the business for over 37 years. We wish all our customers and friends the best wishes. Thank you for your custom and good memories we have all shared! Love from all the Reuben family.
Comments on the restaurant’s announcement underscore on its importance to multiple generations of London’s Jewish community, with many reflecting on how they had introduced children or relatives to the restaurant.
Reubens originally opened in 1973, relocating to its current premises in 1995 after a fire. The only kosher restaurant in London’s West End, it had become a culinary institution in the Jewish community over many generations, particularly for tourists in London able to enjoy salt beef, reuben sandwiches, and more close to the attractions they had come to visit.