St. Louis’ Historic Eat-Rite Diner Has Permanently Closed

Shortly after the Mangia Italiano closes, we will have to say goodbye to another institution in St. Louis, the Eat-Rite Diner.

We have to find a new restaurant for a slinger or a smashed burger at 4 a.m., because not only the historic Eat-Rite in St. Louis is permanently closed.

Rene Knott, beloved Today’s local co-anchor in St. Louis, tweeted a photo by KSDK news photographer Joe Young of the building on Chouteau Avenue, which appears to be completely closed, today.

My buddy and @ksdknews photog @mightyjofoto just sent me this picture. ☹️💔

– Rene Knott (@reneknottsports) December 18, 2020
And just tonight, the owners confirmed to KSDK that their last business day was December 12, 2020.

The diner was bought by Shawna and Joel Holtman a few years ago in hopes of saving the local landmark from extinction and restoring the rundown restaurant to its former glory.

“It’s a lot of money and a lot of work,” Shawn Holtman told the Riverfront Times in February 2018. “However, we are here to save that part of St. Louis history. I didn’t want it to be demolished.” and turned into a parking lot for a baseball game. I want to experience the story live. ”

St. Louis restaurant and history buffs have hesitated this week from the closure of the famous Mangia Italiano on the South Grand, but that loss is likely to be felt even more: this little shack has been grilling burgers since 1935.

To learn more about the history of Eat Rite in St. Louis, check out our in-depth story from 2015.

There is no word yet about the future of the building but we will keep you updated.

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