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Finally, there’s an opening date for Solomon’s Deli on K Street

Check out the Russ and the Rick at Solomon’s Delicatessen

Solomon's Delicatessen is a Jewish deli in Davis featuring lox and bagels and fresh sandwiches. Chef Aimal Formoli said the restaurant was inspired by Russ Solomon, the Tower Records founder and owner. A Sacramento location will open soon.
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Solomon's Delicatessen is a Jewish deli in Davis featuring lox and bagels and fresh sandwiches. Chef Aimal Formoli said the restaurant was inspired by Russ Solomon, the Tower Records founder and owner. A Sacramento location will open soon.

All things must pass. And soon, Solomon’s Delicatessen’s much-anticipated opening date will be among them.

The new-look Jewish deli named for Tower Records founder Russ Solomon is expected to open June 17 at 730 K St., project spokesman Patrick Harbison said Wednesday. It’ll join Bailarín Cellars, Tiger and Ruhstaller along the redeveloped 700 block of K Street across from Golden 1 Center, with ramen, Korean-Japanese fusion and pizza shops still to come below The Hardin apartment complex.

Solomon’s is backed by the Golden Group, which owns Tiger and Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar; restaurateur Andrea Lepore; and the operators of the annual Jewish Food Faire. Along with another Solomon’s location in Davis, it is the Sacramento area’s only Jewish deli. An upstairs music venue at the K Street location will pay homage to the storefront’s history as one of Tower Records’ 200 stores.

It’ll have sandwiches on rye, Doc Brown sodas and New York-style bagels, but Solomon’s nostalgia only goes so far. Chef Aimal Formoli’s menu includes a pastrami banh mi, a beet Reuben and a side platter of pickled local veggies, with gluten-free and vegan options for most items.

Anticipation has built over the five years since Hot Italian owner Lepore began talking with Sacramento Jewish Food Faire organizers about the concept. Some Jewish Food Faire members eventually left the team and the Golden Group invested.

Construction delays, however, have plagued Solomon’s as much as any Sacramento restaurant in recent memory. A plan to open in fall 2017 soon turned into a hope for spring 2018, then a wish for later that fall. As the interior undergoes its final tune-up, owners are confident it’ll open in mid-June, Harbison said.

As construction headaches slowed the Sacramento restaurant, Solomon’s unexpectedly opened first in Davis, taking over a downtown Hot Italian location. Solomon’s is only open for breakfast and lunch in Davis but will have dinner service in Sacramento.

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