86-year-old Park Deli to close after rent spike

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A beloved Brooklyn deli will close its doors at the end of the month after a nearly 90-year run at the same location.

Park Delicatessen has had many owners over the years and was first opened by a German immigrant in the 1930s.

Although very little has changed when it comes to the quality of the food and service at 209 Nassau Ave., the business will become vacant at the end of July.

"Handmade pierogis," the current owner, Krystyna Godawa, says, are just some of the items you could get at Park Deli.

Godawa says she has no choice but to close after owning the business for 10 years since her landlord is raising her rent from $2,500 a month to $5,000.

"It's too much," she says. "My heart does not let me do it."

Customers have remained loyal through the years, one man even makes a 20-mile trip twice a week after moving away.

"They make everything fresh, it's a staple in the area; it's fantastic," customer Frank Barone says.

Godawa says she is negotiating with a landlord just a few blocks away on Driggs Avenue to open another space, but nothing has been set in stone. 

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