Destiny, luck and a lot of hard work have been the foundation of Maurice Solomon’s 55+ years of dedication to the Deli Industry. A survivor of Nazi-occupied Brussels, Belgium, ten-year-old Maurice immigrated to America with his family to Cleveland, Ohio in 1948.
At age fourteen, Maurice took a job working as a dishwasher and busboy at his Uncle’s delicatessen, Solomon’s. He worked there and at other restaurants for the next ten years, putting in 40 -70 hours a week during school and over every holiday, turning over the majority of his paycheck to his family to help cover expenses.
In the early 1970’s, Maurice made the move from Cleveland to Los Angeles. He worked hard at several delis and saved up his money until he had enough to buy Marjan’s Restaurant and Deli in the old Brentwood Country Mart in Santa Monica. For more than 15 years, his local clientele often read like a Who’s Who of entertainment, business and political leaders. And Maurice’s warm and welcoming ways made virtually everyone else who came in feel like they were on the top of the A-List, too!
In 1990, two years after selling Marjan’s, Maurice couldn’t resist entering the deli business again, this time with his friend from Cleveland, Dennis Fromin. The two deli-men owned and operated Fromin’s Restaurant in Encino (still operating under the same name today but with no connection to Dennis or Maurice) and the present location in Santa Monica, where they remain partners and friends today.
After more than five decades, Maurice still likes to greet each customer from behind the deli counter with a big smile and generous portions. With two children, two step children and five grandchildren, Maurice and his wife Becky are grateful for the success of The Deli King (see his license plate for confirmation of the title) and of Fromin’s Restaurant.