Eat-Rite new owners Joel Holtman

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Eat-Rite Diner Reopening Under New Ownership

February 09, 2018 - 11:56 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Slingers will be slung again at Eat-Rite Diner, a landmark eatery south of downtown that closed in the fall.

The old-fashioned diner at the corner of 7th and Chouteau closed in October as the owner was facing knee surgery, and the physical demands of running a diner were becoming too much.

Future owners Joel Holtman and his wife, Shawna, are working on refurbishing the interior, while keeping historical aspects of the building the same.

Plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems have been updated, and elements such as the chrome-swivel stools and menu board will stay.

Holtman used to go to Eat-Rite years ago after a night on the town, and hated to see institution to go away.

The couple hopes to have it open for Cardinals Opening Day on April 5.