Authentic Jewish deli in Sacramento being named after Tower Records’ founder

On top of the world: Tower Records founder Russ Solomon above his Sacramento, Calif., store in 1989. (Courtesy of All Things Must Pass)
On top of the world: Tower Records founder Russ Solomon above his Sacramento, Calif., store in 1989.
(Courtesy of All Things Must Pass)

“The motto for an upcoming Jewish deli coming to the 700 block of K Street should ring familiar to longtime music fans: ‘No Bagels, No Life,'” as the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

“The slogan’s a riff on the longtime ad campaign for Tower Records –’No Music, No Life’ – and one of its former Sacramento stores will find new life as a spot for food and music. Solomon’s Delicatessen will occupy the former Tower Records at 730 K St., and is named in honor of Tower Records founder Russ Solomon. The two story development includes a 3,000 square foot deli on the ground floor, and a 2,000 square foot upstairs space which will be utilized by bands and live performers.

“The deli’s naming was announced Wednesday night during a reception at Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar following Solomon’s induction into the California Hall of Fame. Solomon, 91, joined a class of inductees that included Harrison Ford, George Takei, former San Diego Padres batting champion Tony Gwynn and others.

“Solomon’s Delicatessen is expected to open in late 2017.

“’It’s very flattering,’ Solomon said in an interview on Monday at his Sacramento home. ‘And it’s fun. The idea that you put rock ‘n’ roll entertainment upstairs – this is not soft jazz. My idea is that Jewish delis are old fashioned, and this one I think is going to be new-fashioned.’

“The deli is the brainchild of Sheila Wolfe, Lydia Inghram and Jami Goldstene, who co-chair the annual Jewish Food Faire and are investors in Solomon’s Delicatessen. Day to day operations will be managed by Andrea Lepore, founder of Hot Italian, and a team from Red Rabbit that includes John Bays, Sonny and Lynn Mayugba, and Matt and Keri Nurge. Other investors include drummer Abe Cunningham and DJ Frank Delgado of Deftones.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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