The passing of Andy Shlon, owner of Andy's Deli in Five Points, rocked the community Friday.

Shlon was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon and moved to Columbia in the 1960s after visiting with friends. He opened Andy's Deli in 1978 and has become a key name in the community.

Multiple Facebook posts were made mourning the loss of the Columbia restaurateur, many from his long-time customers. 

Mayor Steve Benjamin proclaimed Dec. 16 to be Andy Shlon Day In 2014.

Five Points posted a tribute to Shlon on Facebook Friday afternoon saying, "Andy’s work ethic and dedication were surpassed only by his kindness and friendliness."

andy

Image from Five Points Facebook.

Andy's Deli staff posted on the restaurant Facebook page to thank community members for their immense support during this time.

An attempt to speak with restaurant staff was made, however a note on the front door said the restaurant was closed due to the family emergency.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.