Image

12:18 PM / Saturday March 2, 2024

3 Jun 2017

The Last Goodbye

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
June 3, 2017 Category: Entertainment Posted by:

A Philadelphia institution, Little Pete’s Diner, closed its doors on Monday.

By Denise Clay

Despite a steady drizzle falling from the sky, the line of people waiting for a last meal at Little Pete’s diner stretched down South 17th Street.

Owners John and Pete Koutroubas threw a block party to thank their longtime customers for 39 years of success on Tuesday. The restaurant closed its doors for good on Memorial Day.

With a menu that included several classic Greek dishes including pork and chicken souvlaki, spanakopita (spinach pie), and Greek salad, longtime fans of the 24-hour diner in Center City came to say goodbye to an institution that became part of their lives.

“I’m in mourning,” one woman said.

“I’m here because I wanted to say my goodbyes,” another woman said. “I’ll miss the Caesar salad with ranch dressing.”

John Koutroubas, (blue shirt w/stripes) talks to patrons during the goodbye block party held at Little Pete’s restaurant on Tuesday. The restaurant closed its doors on Monday to make way for a Hilton Centric hotel.
(Photos: Denise Clay)

While the branch at 24th and Fairmount will remain open, the closing of the South 17th branch represents the end of an era, said John Koutroubas, Little Pete’s co-owner.

It was the Last Diner Standing in Center City.

“We really accomplished a lot to stay open for 39 years,” Koutroubas said. “We did everything for the customer. Even if we did open another place, it wouldn’t be the same.”

The restaurant was closed to make room for a 13-story, 309-room Hyatt Centric hotel.

A steady stream of customers braved the rain to come to the block party. Many of them hugged John Koutroubas, took selfies with him, and took pictures of a place that held many memories for them.

While he plans on spending some time at the 24th and Fairmount location so his brother Pete can get some much-needed time off, John Koutroubas also plans on getting some rest of his own.

And while he knows he won’t be able to duplicate the magic that was Little Pete’s on South 17th, he hasn’t given up on another diner in the center of town.

“It’s going to be tough,” he said. “But if I can do it in a way that’s not too expensive, I’ll do it.”

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Philly NAACP

Philadelphia NAACP News

February 18, 2024

Tweet Email Tweet Email Related Posts Philadelphia NAACP news as of Feb. 2 Philadelphia NAACP Branch News...

Color Of Money

Commentary: Carpenters Union’s apprenticeship diversity push can lead to success and job fulfilment in the construction industry

March 2, 2024

Tweet Email By Treyvon Ratcliff Hayes ABOVE PHOTO: Treyvon Ratcliff Hayes, a Philadelphia public high school graduate,...

Health

Six tips to improve sleep quality for overall well-being

March 2, 2024

Tweet Email FAMILY FEATURES Despite a rising number of people searching for the term “sleep” in 2023,...

Sports

Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl 2024 

February 12, 2024

Tweet Email The Kansas City Chiefs narrowly beat the San Francisco 49ers, becoming the 2024 Super Bowl champions. The...

Fur Babies Rule!

Dog grooming advice to keep pets clean and healthy

March 2, 2024

Tweet Email FAMILY FEATURESRegular grooming can keep your dog looking and smelling his or her best, but...

Seniors

‘Soaring’ over hills or ‘playing’ with puppies, study finds seniors enjoy virtual reality

February 23, 2024

Tweet Email By Terry Spencerassociated press POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — Retired Army Col. Farrell Patrick taught computer...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff