Oh, this is sad. Columbia City’s Chelsea Deli has announced that it’s closing. Tomorrow is the last day for the East Coast–style delicatessen, which will knock a dollar off its sandwich prices for the final day.
Chelsea Deli was the brainchild of Dave Harris, who previously conferred sandwich bliss upon Seattle via his earlier project, the Other Coast Cafe. However, when I called the store, operator Pon Sakonthong told me that Harris parted ways with the deli, named after his daughter, about two months ago.
Sakonthong said she has been running the shop and hoped to take it over, but issues with the landlord prompted the shuttering. She’s hoping to resurface in the future with another restaurant project, hopefully in Columbia City.