History on rye at Canter’s Deli


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Canter’s, the landmark delicatessen and bakery that has attracted hordes of fressers to Fairfax Avenue for almost 60 years, celebrated another milestone birthday Tuesday with even bigger crowds than normal as a result. The draw? Not only sharing the beloved institution’s 80th birthday (it was founded in Boyle Heights in 1931 and moved to its present location -- a former movie theater -- in 1953), but also the restaurant’s specialty corned beef sandwich rolled back to its original price of 80 cents. It’s something they do for every significant birthday, and customers like 65-year-old Eric Muller wouldn’t miss it. ‘We know the dates. It’s like a birthday. We don’t miss it.’


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