On July 7, 2020, Maurice Solomon, the former owner of Santa Monica’s Fromin’s Deli, passed away at 81 after battling Cancer for over a year. Many knew him as the Deli King, just as his license plate read. He could always be found behind the counter almost everyday of his life before retiring at 79.
Born in Brussels, Belgium, he spent two years as a “hidden child”, avading Nazi capture by moving from town to town with his parents. At age 12, he and his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he began his lifelong career working at Solomon’s Deli and Lefton’s.
In 1975, the Holocaust survivor and Deli Man arrived in Santa Monica where he proudly owned Marjan’s Deli in The Brentwood Countrymart and Fromin’s for over 25 years, serving equal amounts of corned beef and love every day.
Maurice will be deeply missed by his family, friends and beloved customers. A public memorial will be held later, post quarantine, to celebrate the legacy of this great man.