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One of Austin’s best delis is closing

Matthew Odam

Well, we all knew it would be a short run, but pastrami lovers will still be sad to learn the news that Mum Foods Deli will stop serving at its brick-and-mortar location on Manor Road at the end of the month.

The company co-founded by Geoffrey Ellis set up shop in the building on the property of the old Eastside Cafe after Suerte owner Sam Hellman-Mass bought the property last year. Ellis said the agreement was for a year, but they’re going to get out a month early in order to give themselves some runway with shutting down and moving.

While the deli is closing, Mum will continue to serve at the Barton Creek, Cedar Park and Mueller farmers markets and building up their catering business, and Ellis says he plans to find a space for a food trailer to serve their pastrami and brisket by the pound, along with a small roster of sandwiches. The long-term goal is to find another brick-and-mortar space.

Mum, who create some of the best pastrami in the state, is teaming up with Suerte tonight for a pastrami taco collaboration starting at 5 p.m.

Last week, Mum co-founder Mattison Bills announced she had started her own line of cured meats under the banner Three Six General.

There’s no word yet on what will become of the small building on the lot owned by Hellman-Mass.


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