60 years in North York

Iconic old school deli may have the city’s best pas­trami

North York Post - - News - By Kristina Kirkaldy

This month marks the 60th an­niver­sary of Pancer’s Orig­i­nal Deli, a fam­ily tra­di­tion started by Moe Pancer, his wife Rose and son Stan. Orig­i­nally lo­cated at Bathurst and York Downs, Stan bought his chil­dren, Michael, Cindy, David and Lorne, into the busi­ness to help slice up what some call the best pas­trami in North York. The restau­rant has seen gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies walk through its doors to try the savoury Jewish recipes, many of them passed down by Moe’s mother. In 2004, Michael and Lorne re­lo­cated the deli a few blocks south to 3856 Bathurst St. How­ever, in 2011, the restau­rant closed its doors, but af­ter count­less calls and emails later from the com­mu­nity, the Pancers are back in busi­ness. Lorne spoke to Post City about their long­stand­ing fam­ily es­tab­lish­ment.

What’s the work en­vi­ron­ment like af­ter 60 years?

One of the things we’re very proud of is that we’ve had staff here for over 50 years. We’ve all watched each other grow up and have chil­dren. When the Pancers have an af­fair, all the staff are in­vited and the deli’s closed. They’re fam­ily to us. How many busi­nesses can say that they’ve had em­ploy­ees for 50 years?

Most pop­u­lar menu item??

The most pop­u­lar item would be ei­ther corned beef or pas­trami. But we also serve a cou­ple of meats that a lot of restau­rants in the city don’t serve. One of them is called baby beef — it’s provini veal. It’s a Toronto thing.

Any notable guests over the years?

A lot of the Leafs over the years: Ed­die Shack, Tiger Wil­liams, Dar­ryl Sit­tler. As far as celebri­ties, we have filmed sev­eral things here: Rush filmed part of a DVD here. The lo­cal rock band Anvil filmed part of their DVD here.

The orig­i­nal Pancer’s lo­ca­tion on Bathurst Av­enue be­fore mov­ing south

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