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Katz's Deli to Klose

Katz's Sign at Night
Photo courtesy Liza Lagman Sperl at flickr.com/kodamakitty
The piercing neon "Katz's Never Kloses" sign will go dark just after New Year's

Katz's Deli and Bar, the downtown restaurant with the iconic sign, "Katz's Never Kloses," will close January 2.

Owner Marc Katz confirmed the news for KUT this afternoon, saying that after 32 years, "It's time."  The restaurant at West 6th and Rio Grande, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last summer -- the second time in the past six years.

Katz said their last hurrah will be Christmas and New Year's weekends, but that the deli will close after the New Year's weekend.