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The Original Wolfie's logo. A wolf is smiling and winking. He is wearing a black top hat and the words "The Original Wolfie's" is written above the wolf wearing all black.
The Original Wolfie's logo. A wolf is smiling and winking. He is wearing a black top hat and the words "The Original Wolfie's" is written above the wolf. "The Original" is in black and "Wolfie's" is in red.
A percineum of a theater stage with a red velvet curtain that goes around the image and highlights the word "Delicatessen" in the middle.

Delicatessen

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The Original Wolfie’s Delicatessen returns with a new Broadway flair. As you approach our Broadway Theater façade, you’ll think you’re about to enjoy a Broadway show but, as you enter, you’ll realize YOU are the star!

You’ll enjoy an assortment of breakfast items, sandwiches filled with specially cured brisket, corned beef and pastrami, roasted turkey and handmade chopped liver. Choose from a wide variety of salads, soups (including our popular chicken matzo ball soup), smoked fish, hearty hot plates, potato latkes, and home baked goods, such as bagels, breads, black & white cookies, babka, rugelach and, of course, NY cheesecake. Pair with a Dr. Brown’s soda, beer, wine, mixed drinks, cappuccino, espresso, latte, coffee or tea. How about a Brooklyn egg cream!

There are plenty of vegetarian options for the particularly health conscious.

Wolfie's is definitely kid-friendly, with options especially appealing to the youngest diners.

Sit down for a meal with family, grab a bite with friends, or order items to-go Monday–Thursday from 11am–8pm and Friday from 11am–9pm! Full table service provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturdays from 8am–9pm, Sundays 8am–8pm. 

If you're a do-it-yourselfer in the kitchen, you'll be able to buy a pound of this or a pint of that. Freshly prepared hot foods can be packaged for take home merely to be heated, plated, and put on your own table.

 

Hosting an event? The Original Wolfie’s offers an expansive catering menu featuring many of our favorite deli items, such as lox and bagels platters, cold cuts, and deli sandwiches.

Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House logo. An imp smiling with his tongue out, holding a trident behind his back and wearing a sailor's hat with a red letter "R" in the middle. His eyebrows and eyes, as well as his tongue are all in red. A halo glows over his head.
Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House logo. An imp smiling with his tongue out, holding a trident behind his back and wearing a sailor's hat with a yello letter "R" in the middle. His eyebrows are black and his eyes are green. His tongue is red and his hat is green. A glowing yellow halo glows over his head. He is wearing an orange onesie.
Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House logo. An imp smiling with his tongue out, holding a trident behind his back and wearing a sailor's hat with a yello letter "R" in the middle. His eyebrows are black and his eyes are green. His tongue is red and his hat is green. A glowing yellow halo glows over his head. He is wearing an orange onesie.
Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House written in all white.
A rectangular red neon light surrounds the text about Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House

Founded in 1954, Wolfie Cohen’s Rascal House returns as a late-night hot spot with a New York vibe located in Sarasota’s trendy Rosemary District. At the Rascal House, you’ll find a moody ambience, live entertainment, tasty hors d’oeuvres, snacks, sweet treats and an expansive cocktail menu listing beers, spirits and wines.

Desperate for the Rascal House’s famed deli fare? You’ll find it next door at the Original Wolfie’s where the best menu items of both historic brands are fully available.

Meyer Lansky

Notorious mobster and gambling kingpin Meyer Lansky frequented the famed Rascal House in Miami Beach. He regularly dined there with his family and right-hand man, Hymie Lazar. Lansky’s son, Buddy, married a Rascal House waitress. Lansky was known to have successfully joined together the major organized crime families into what became known as the "National Crime Syndicate." The role of Hyman Roth in THE GODFATHER, PART 2, was based on Meyer Lansky.

Meyer Lansky is a legend and, now, part of his legacy—photographs, handwritten letters and personal effects—is on display at the Rascal House in Sarasota. If ever there was a Rascal, Lansky was it!

Photograph of Meyer Lansky wearing a fedora
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Menus

Menus
Image of a Playbill-style cover saying "Wolfie's Menu" at the top and an illustration of a Wolf wearing a black and yellow tuxedo holding a cane in the air. A sign behind the wolf reads "1420 Boulevard of the Arts Rosemary District" and another sign below reads "Sarasota"
An image of a Playbill-style cover with the words "Rascal House Menu" at the top and below is an image of an imp smiling with his tongue out and holding a trident behind his back while wearing a sailor's hat with the letter "R" in the middle of it. A halo glows above the imp and the words "Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House Restaurant" is written above that. On the right of the imp it reads, "You'll be glad when you're fed you rascal you". At the bottom in a box it says "172nd St. and Collins Ave. is the heart of the Golden Strip. Miami Beach Hotel Row. Between Sunny Isles & Golden Beach"
An image of a Playbill-style cover with the words "Catering Menu" at the top. Below the text is an image of a large platter filled with cold cuts, cheese, and vegetables.
An image of a Playbill-style cover. At the top it reads "For the Kindela, Kid's Menu". Below that is an illustration of a wolf wearing a black, red, and yellow tuxedo. The wolf has a speech bubble coming out of it's mouth that reads "Wolfie's Club Menuette".

Locations

Locations
The Original Wolfie's logo. A wolf is smiling and winking. He is wearing a black top hat and the words "The Original Wolfie's" is written above the wolf. "The Original" is in black and "Wolfie's" is in red.
The Rascal House logo of an imp smiling with his tongue out and looking in an upward direction. The imp is wearing an orange onesie and a green sailor's hat with a yellow letter "R" in the middle of it. The imp is holding a trident behind his back and a halo glows above his head.
A large map of the Downtown Sarasota area with a red box highlighting the location of The Original Wolfie's, Rascal House, and "Box Office", the catering office location for Wolfie's.

Our History

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Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House written in all black.
Jerry's Famous Deli written in white Broadway style letters against a circular red background.
Pumperniks in a dotted black font and a man's head above the text. The man is wearing a chef's hat and he has a mustache.
Epicure Gourmet Market & Cafe logo. A chef is standing on the left side of the logo. He has on a chef's hat and he is holding a baking tray. The word "Epicure" is written in pink and the word "Cafe" is underlined by a pink brushstroke.
The Original Wolfie's logo
Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House written in all black.
Jerry's Famous Deli logo. White letters against a red circle.
Pumpernik's logo with a small image of a man's head with a mustache and he is wearing a chef's hat.
Epicure Gourmet Market & Cafe logo. An outline of a chef stands on the left side holding a baking tray.

Once prominently located on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, the Original Wolfie’s Delicatessen was a celebrity favorite.  Using the finest ingredients, the Original Wolfie’s brings back the most renowned items prepared at its restaurant and from its sister eateries in Miami, Wolfie Cohen’s Rascal House, Pumpernik's, and Thal Bros. Epicure Market, in addition to Southern California’s Jerry’s Famous Deli.

From the 1970’s until the restaurant’s closing in 2001, when the property was sold to a developer, Wolfie’s was featured in film and on television. The '80’s/'90’s sitcom, THE GOLDEN GIRLS, starring Betty White and Bea Arthur, often referenced the characters eating at Wolfie’s. Wolfie’s was also seen on the TV show, MIAMI VICE with Don Johnson. It prominently appeared in the movie, THE CREW, headlining Richard Dreyfuss and Burt Reynolds. Notables from different walks of life frequented Wolfie’s, such as the sports world’s Mohammad Ali and Deion Sanders, entertainment stars Jackie Gleason and Liza Minnelli, and mob boss Meyer Lansky.

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Press

Recent Press & Other Communication

SRQ 25 logo

"Don’t let Lemon and Pineapple Avenues fool you. As New York-style Jewish delis pop up around Sarasota, the city is starting to feel more like the Big Apple than a tropical town. The newest addition is The Original Wolfie’s Delicatessen and Rascal House, opening at the beginning of November in the Rosemary District."

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"I've enjoyed some of my favorite corned beef as well as pastrami sandwiches, matzo ball soup, and cheesecake prepared by Shenker in the past. In addition to the food menu, which Wolfie's recently premiered on Instagram, there will be the Rascal House's full-bar with cocktails and wine by the glass, as well as live entertainment including local musicians 'and a popular attraction coming that most New Yorkers will know'"

Observer logo with the tagline "You. Your Neighbors. Your Neighborhood."

"Sarasota's prodigal deli king is back in town, and he's got a new home in the Rosemary District, where he is the executive chef of The Original Wolfie's. Sol Shenker, who has won a devoted following in Sarasota for his New York deli-style food at several different eateries, has been living in Colorado...The marquee above where Shenker and his treasured recipes for matzo ball soup, pastrami on rye and cheesecake will soon be found reads the 'Original Wolfie's'...its menu features favorites from South Florida’s most historic delis — Wolfie’s, Pumpernik’s and Rascal House — as well as Southern California’s Jerry’s Famous Deli."

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Opening Hours

The Original Wolfie's 

Sun-Thurs

Lunch/Dinner

11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Fri–Sat

Lunch/Dinner

11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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Sun-Thurs

Lunch/Dinner

11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House

Fri–Say

Lunch/Dinner

11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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