Something at the Carnegie Deli doesn't smell right, and I don't think it's because they're using expired food en route to its impending closure. I've heard the owner of has been trying to cash in on the name with licensing deals and perhaps non-Manhattan locations in airport food courts and the like. But wouldn't $5 million and a portion of future proceeds make more sense?
A restaurateur by the name of Sammy Musovic held a press conference outside of Carnegie Deli yesterday to drum up support for his plan to take over the famed Midtown dining establishment, which is slated to close at the end of the year. After emigrating from then-Yugoslavia as a teen, Musovic’s first job in New York was washing dishes at the deli. He wants to raise $5 million to buy the restaurant and offer current owner Marian Harper Levine a portion of the future proceeds. But a rep for the deli’s current owner tells the Post: "There is no interest in discussing the sale of Carnegie Deli on Seventh Avenue with Musovic at this time." Musovic currently operates the restaurants Vero, Selena Rosa, and Sojourn.