Phila Deli closed after owner diagnosed with rare disease

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The owner of a well known deli in Lynchburg has closed up his shop.

Phila Deli was known for famous Philly Cheesesteak-style sandwiches; it's been around for about 15 years in the Boonsboro area, but recently the owner was diagnosed with Clippers (Chronic lymphocytic inflammation with pontine perivascular enhancement responsive to steroids).

Clippers is a rare central nervous system inflammatory disease, and Dennis Woben-Smith said he could no longer run the business.

"I went to go see my doctor and my doctor was talking to me about my sporadic blood pressure," Woben-Smith said. "And he said, 'do you own a restaurant business?' and he said, you need to get out of the business."

Woben-Smith said he is from north Philadelphia and came up several of the recipes for his sandwiches himself.

He is now selling the restaurant and hopes someone will keep the name and buy it.

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