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Downtown Cleveland restaurant staple, Karl's Inn of the Barristers, preparing for last St. Patrick's Day before closing

Karl's Inn of the Barristers will close after serving customers on St. Patrick’s Day. However, Barrister's Deli on Hamilton Avenue will remain open.

CLEVELAND — For 32 years, Karl Abounader has sliced corned beef across the street from the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland.

“Corned beef is king,” said Karl.

He’s been in the business since 1969. However, this will be his last week.

“My dad has poured his heart and soul into this place for 32 years,” said Karl’s son Anthony Abounader.

Anthony has worked at Karl’s Inn of the Barristers for nearly 30 years, or all of his life. Karl says when Anthony was young he’d sit in a stroller behind the counter where the corned beef is kept.

“He’s the only person I ever wanted to be in my whole life,” Anthony said.

“For a while it was me, myself and I,” Karl said.

Anthony works alongside his hero daily. For the last week, they’ve made nearly 400 pounds of corned beef in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day.

Abounader told 3News the restaurant will close because of building violations associated with an attached structure.

“It’s been a blessing that’s paid off,” said Karl.

Karl is unsure whether or not he wants to continue the business. Meanwhile, he’ll take a break and spend time with family and his two grandchildren.

Karl’s Inn of the Barristers will close after serving customers on St. Patrick’s Day.

“Everybody loves Karl,” Anthony said.

There’s been confusion as to which business in downtown Cleveland is closing.

Barrister’s Deli on Hamilton Avenue has received numerous messages from customers thinking their business is closing. However, Karl’s business is not associated with Barrister’s Deli.

“We’ve had tons of people come in, ‘when are you closing,’ said Mary Haddad, the catering specialist for Barrister’s Deli.

Haddad told 3News that business has been shaky after the closure announcement from Karl.

“At least a hundred phone calls, people asking us ‘when are you closing,’ ‘we’re sorry you’re closing,’” said Haddad.

Haddad told 3News they’re saddened to see Karl’s Inn of the Barristers close, but they will continue to stay open.


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