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Remembering Ratner's

2008_04_ratners.jpgNYU is trying to kick out the Met grocery store on 2nd Ave between 6th and 7th Streets, and Jeremiah's Vanishing takes the opportunity to discuss the space's former tenant: Ratner's. The Ratner's on 2nd Ave., connected by family but not by ownership to the 97 year-old shuttered branch on Delancey, sat right next to the Fillmore East, and Vanishing does a full run down on both restaurants' history and tangled ownership: "It was owned by Abraham Harmatz, who died on May 29, 1974, the very day after his landmark dairy restaurant closed. In the Times article it says that 'Ratner's had been a Second Avenue fixture for more than 50 years, a gastronomic diadem in the crown of what years ago was called the Jewish Rialto.' [Jeremiah's Vanishing]