The iconic eatery’s New York location will close Dec. 31, but its licensed locations will continue operating.

MANHATTAN, N.Y. – Regarded by many as the pastrami and corned beef capitol of the world, officials with Carnegie Deli New York announced the world-famous deli destination at 854 7th Avenue, is closing its doors at the end of the year. Owned by the Parker family, Carnegie’s meat processing plant in New Jersey will remain in operation as will its licensed locations in Las Vegas and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.   The Deli first opened in 1937 and was purchased by Milton Parker in 1976.

On Oct. 1, the company announced its plans to close the location on Dec. 31, 2016.

“Thank you all so much for your loyal patronage throughout the years. However, today, we have very sad news. This is probably one of the most difficult decisions we have had to make,” Carnegie Deli said statement. “We are so proud that we were able to reach an important milestone for the customers, employees, and the City of New York with the Deli’s 40th Anniversary in December 2016.”

The deli, located just across the street from Carnegie Hall, made headlines in 2015 when it closed without warning for 10 months and reopened this past February after settling an issue with a city utilities supplier.