It's official... Schwartz's Deli sold to Montreal business families

Purchase of famous restaurant, close to their hearts!

MONTREAL, March 5, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - "Honored"... "Proud".... "Thrilled"… These were the adjectives used by Montreal families, the Nakis family and the Angelil-Dion family, who confirmed today that they have purchased the historic landmark deli known as Schwartz's, one of the most popular eateries in the city, enjoyed by several generations of Montrealers for the past 80 years.

Originally founded in 1928 by Rueben Schwartz, a Jewish immigrant from Romania, Schwartz's has not only become a mainstay in Montreal's downtown core, but it has earned a reputation around the world for its famous smoked meat. Since the very beginning, Schwartz's old-fashioned way of preparing smoked meat, using its very own secret blend of fine herbs and spices, and smoking the meat daily without the use of preservatives, has produced a freshness and award-winning taste that has delighted millions and millions of happy customers from every corner of the globe.

"I am honored to be able to contribute to one of this city's greatest legacies", said Anastasia K. Nakis, grand-daughter of well-known restaurateur Paul Nakis. For a restaurant to continue as long as Schwartz's has is a true testament to the quality of its product, the loyalty of its customers, and the word-of-mouth that has opened the doors to constant growth."

"My dear friend and manager of our singing group at the time, Ben Kaye, first brought me to Schwartz's in 1961, and I've been going there ever since", said partner Rene Angelil. I have so many great memories of being there with the guys, and with Celine and our families throughout the years. It's the most unique restaurant in the world and we're thrilled to be a part of it. It means a lot to us and we're very happy to be involved in this venture with the Nakis family, and especially with my nephews Martin and Eric".

Said Martin Sara, "My brother Eric and I are extremely proud to be part of this wonderful heritage. We've been big fans of Schwartz's for a long time." "It's a tremendous honor for us to be involved in this grand tradition that customers have grown to love over the years," added Eric Sara.

Angelil added, "I can speak on behalf of my partners, when I say that it's very important for us to maintain the consistency and high standards of Schwartz's reputation. Mr. Hy Diamond has poured his heart and soul into building this business, and not only do we want to thank him for his dedication, but we want him to be proud of our efforts to continue along the same path. Of course, we'll make a few improvements as necessary, but we're not interested in diluting the brand by franchising, or making the deli something that it isn't. It's truly one-of-a-kind, and we intend to keep it this way."

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