To all my patrons:
This is to inform you that I have sold my interest in the a South City Diner as well as the City Diner at the Fox. The South City Diner will continue under new ownership. It is with mixed emotions that I say farewell. It has been a great 23 years of which I am grateful to have served the St. Louis community. I will still be around and out there on Facebook if you care to reach out or share any stories over the years. My daughter Sophia and I thank for your patronage over the years . We couldn't have done it without you.
Thank you and I will miss you.
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Inspired by the birth of his daughter, Sophia, Peter Spoto wanted to build something for his family. Working nights at a fine dining establishment in Clayton and renovating the Old Pearl and Ray’s Diner by day, Peter envisioned a ‘Place for Everyone,’ an affordable restaurant where all people could feel welcome. Peter opened South City Diner on August 26, 1992 with the help and faith of his parents. Hospitality is in Peter’s blood. Visitors to his boyhood home would not be allowed to leave without his Italian mother insisting they eat something. Growing up in the 1960s.
Peter got his training cooking for large groups during a three year stint in Alaska, preparing meals for a 200-man pipeline crew. His heritage, mixed in with his experience as a waiter and a cook, produced South City Diner. This fun and friendly place has been growing ever since. In 2003, the diner was expanded into the old Dickmann’s Boulevard Bakery, nearly tripling the seating and adding a patio on Hartford avenue.
City Diner has remained true to Peter’s dream of an all-inclusive restaurant, which blended the commitment to excellence he found in fine dining with the simple, good food he made for the crew in Alaska.