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City Deli to become Harvey Milk's American Diner

SAN DIEGO -- City Delicatessen, a Hillcrest fixture for nearly three decades, is slated to have new owners, who plan to rename the restaurant Harvey Milk's American Diner.

The planned change in ownership was disclosed on Tuesday to the deli's two dozen employees, who were told that the new owners plan to keep them on through the transition.

Commercial broker Michael Spilky of Location Matters confirmed the restaurant at University and Sixth avenues is in escrow, with a purchase price of less than $300,000, which includes a full liquor license and the furnishings. He estimated that it could be another 45 to 60 days before the license formally transfers.

Tom Brown, who has owned a number of restaurants over the last 25 years, is partnering with Frank Lechner and Mike ("Big Mike") Phillips to take over the New York-style Jewish deli. They have the exclusive rights to franchise the Harvey Milk name for the new eatery.

Read the full story in U-T San Diego HERE.