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North Charleston restaurant to close near future Roper Hospital; new cafe on the way

Hello Deli staff

Harvey Nathan takes an order to a customer after receiving it from his wife, Stacy Nathan, at the service window in Hello Deli restaurant in North Charleston while front-end manager Kasita Allen carries a to-go order. Hello Deli will close Nov. 19 after 14 years on Mall Drive. Warren L. Wise/Staff

NORTH CHARLESTON — A fixture of the dining scene near City Hall for the past 14 years soon will turn off the lights.

Hello Deli at 2409 Mall Drive will close at the end of business Nov. 19.

Owners Harvey and Stacy Nathan said the time has come for Hello Deli to say goodbye.

Harvey Nathan pointed to a recent accident that resulted in back surgery and said he can't do all the things he has done in the restaurant business for the past 44 years.

"We are going to travel and have fun now," Stacy Nathan interjected.

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The couple said the departure is bittersweet, especially knowing that Roper Hospital will announce the construction of its new facility down the street on Nov. 16, which they recognize would have been a boon to their business.

The restaurant space won't stay empty too long.

Paula Urdaneta, Vernon Reid and business partner Saryu Khullar have signed a lease to move their Crepes Palace business into the restaurant site just around the corner from Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse and across the street from Red Lobster restaurant. 

Urdaneta said they hope to be open in a couple of months, but they will continue to have their pop-up operation in the meantime, with the next one on Dec. 3 at Staybridge Suites Hotel on Holiday Drive in Summerville.

"We want to do some upfitting and make the place our own," she said of the Hello Deli space. "It will probably be January before we are ready to open."

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