Canter’s Deli owner Gary Canter died on Tuesday night. The 58-year-old mastermind behind one of the most famous restaurants in Los Angeles (and two locations in Las Vegas) died of a massive heart attack around 7 p.m.
On Facebook, Canter’s family wrote:
It is with the greatest sadness I have ever felt to inform those of you who loved Gary over the years - that he passed away from an apparent massive heart attack this evening around 7:00 PM. We are preparing funeral arrangements and will keep you posted.
And to all of you he called "Buddy Buddy" - he loved you and this city will never be the same without him!
Ben Canter, Gary’s grandfather, started the deli with his brothers in 1931 in Boyle Heights. The deli was later moved to Fairfax in 1953 and has been a celebrity staple ever since.
Gary was also responsible for bringing his family’s deli to the Las Vegas Strip and Tivoli Village.