POLS' POWER DELI IS SHUT
By MAGGIE HABERMAN, NY Post
Ben's Best, the Queens deli that's played host to politicians hungry for its famous pastrami, was shuttered yesterday.
It wasn't immediately clear why the doors were closed at the eatery, famous for catering political fund-raisers from its Queens Boulevard location.
Health Department officials said the restaurant failed a final follow-up inspection Thursday.
The delicatessen made a national splash in 1999 when then-Gov. George Pataki made an NBA playoff bet with then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush on the finals between the Knicks and the San Antonio Spurs.
Bush won the bet, and cashed in on a feast of matzo balls, kosher sandwiches and "Cel-Ray" soda.
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