Majestic Restaurant Finalizing Sale, Future of 50-Year-Old Institution Uncertain [UPDATED]

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After more than 50 years in business, the Majestic Restaurant (4900 Laclede Avenue; 314-361-2011) in the Central West End will close next week. Second generation owner Pete Politis is selling the business.

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Update 11:30 a.m.: Ian Froeb of the Post-Dispatch writes that he spoke to Politis this morning, who said the situation is "up in the air." We'll update as things become more clear.

Update 3:45 p.m.: We received an e-mail from owner Pete Politis. See his comment below.

After several phone calls, we were unable to speak to Politis, but someone who answered the phone at Majestic confirmed that the business was sold and is closing next week. Majestic was founded by Politis' father, Lou, who emigrated to the U.S. from Greece when he was fourteen years old. Lou and his wife started the restaurant as a small diner in 1961, way before the Central West End was a hotspot.

Majestic expanded into the adjoining space in 1980 and also opened its famous patio. We named it the Best Bottomless Cup of Coffee in 2001, and we're sorry to see such an institution close up shop. We'll be following this story as it develops.

Politis made this statement via e-mail:

We are in the process of selling and nothing is official, including dates. The information passed between your company and the post has been incorrect.

I will inform you when there is a set date and with correct information.
Comments by phone will not be made, until I personally contact you first.

Thank you,

Pete Politis

The headline of this post has been updated to reflect new information.

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Location Info

Majestic Restaurant - CLOSED

4900 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO

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Charlotte61
Charlotte61

Does anyone know where Lela (from Majestic) works now?

Pete Baum
Pete Baum

I went there tonight. Got there at 6:15 And they had closed at 6pm. The guy at the door said they'll be open from 6a-6p for the next 10 days. Didn't elaborate beyond that.

David Phillips
David Phillips

This is like losing a friend. Whenever I visit St Louis I head for the Majestic for breakfast.

Frank May
Frank May

Sorry to hear this. Hope the new owner will keep the same tradition!

yesca23
yesca23

That sucks because I still patron that place. The bar will be missed. Georgia always made the drinks friendly and would make you a bagel if you needed to sober up. I wish the best of the family.. pretty sure they made out just fine for that spot; hope they open up elsewhere:-}


tom058
tom058

I am bummed.  I am a breakfast regular and frequently had Bill's Special Gyro Omlette..  Thank you for all your years of service.  Been going there since I moved to St. Louis in 1980 i.e,, 34 years ago.. South Euclid will never be the same.

ParallelParker
ParallelParker

Yikes! So in the mid--1970s my wife Corinne and I often ate there. We lived two blocks up the street. Two dinners with a soft drink was a total of $5.00. (As young people, we were not yet smart enough to always drink alcohol with dinner. Now we know better.) Most startlingly, Meryl Streep was, with some regularity, in the Majestic eating alone. For a Starbuck's gift card or a modest contribution to my PayPal account, I will tell you why and how that occurred.

Aintree Capri Jones
Aintree Capri Jones

Joe Moore this breaks my heart we had so many good times and memories her... WHITE RUSSIAN omg 1st an last time ...

Jay Brandt
Jay Brandt

My favorite place in the West End! Even 8 years after moving to another state we always visit whenever back in St Louis...a sad loss for our city.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

OLd people joints are not hipster enough..Maybe something cool will open their like a chicken and chitterlings joint..Now that would be fabulous..

murraysm
murraysm

Maybe the new tenants will shovel the sidewalk?

murraysm
murraysm

Maybe the new owners wiil shovel the sidewalks?

Maria Tiberend
Maria Tiberend

Bummer. Best gyro and Greek salad lunch special there.

Jim Gibbons
Jim Gibbons

Someone should start a business called Jumpstarter--it would be like Kickstarter, but for worthy businesses that have stalled and need a reboot in the form of crowdsourced capital injection.

mullen5226
mullen5226

As a high school kid I worked there in late 80s/early 90s as a busboy on Sundays. Good memories and great opportunity for me to learn about diversity.

Joseph Fox
Joseph Fox

My favorite dinner there is the veggie omelet with gyro meat - just had one on Sunday night. Was wondering why people were saying goodbye to the staff.

fmsmith1955
fmsmith1955

@James Harris @southcityresident 

My understanding is that the decision to possibly close has nothing to do with a drop in business but is based on Mr. Politis wanting some free time or to retire and not having family members to run the business. So, selling it seemed logical. Your comments about using more social media, updating decor, changing the menu may be applicable to other businesses but I don't think they are relevant regarding the Majestic. Every time I go by they are at least 3/4 full.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

you have to be super aggressive in your marketing anymore.

Mathew A. Koeneker
Mathew A. Koeneker

Still open. Here now. Nothing finalized. Food still spectacular. Not closing next week, per the owner.

southcityresident
southcityresident

It's not the 80s anymore, St. Louis food culture has grown up. Yeah we see a lot of the old favorites dying but when was the last time they updated their menu or refreshed their decor? The industry is highly competitive, sitting back and saying that you're a neighborhood institution doesn't mean a thing anymore. People don't want the same gyro and cup if coffee they've been getting for 50 years now. And to everyone saying what a shame I USED to go their all the time. You prove my point, you used to go their, you moved on, your tastes changed but the restaurant didn't change.

Sean David Herron
Sean David Herron

It's getting to be a crap-shoot to see what's going to be open nowadays...

Marti Rowland Gurley
Marti Rowland Gurley

The Majestic is absolutely an institution! It's always packed and I hate to see it go. It's our favorite breakfast place!

James Harris
James Harris

@Larry, I don't deny significance, I deny good business practices and marketing if someone that pays a LOT of attention to local restaurant social media, works in the industry, and counts a large swath of local industry people as my primary friend base hasn't even HEARD OF them. There are a million places that I've never been, that I've at least heard some mention of. Word of mouth simply does not cut it in this era.

Brian Bradley
Brian Bradley

What a shame. I work at a hotel in CWE and I send people there for breakfast all the time.

Scott Bringhurst
Scott Bringhurst

Reminds me of The Parkmoor's closing. I still harbor a grudge against the person who sold it out. I spit at Walgreens every time I drive by.

Lydia Bean
Lydia Bean

This is distressing. I planned to spend my summer mornings eating breakfast at the Majestic!

Heidi Bambi Kehler
Heidi Bambi Kehler

How sad! I've downed alot of coffee and watched alot of people from a booth at The Majestic.

Larry Scheller
Larry Scheller

Must not be of any significance if YOU have not heard of it James.

Jeff Finazzo
Jeff Finazzo

Used to work right next door to it in the 90's. I'll bet I ate three gyros a week there. Their feta omelette was incredible.

Jodie Bahr
Jodie Bahr

Very first time to eat a Gyro was here. Yummiest.

Dean Berry
Dean Berry

Or as I called it: "hmm, weird there's a restaurant here I've never heard of"

Pete Baum
Pete Baum

Back in the late 90s I worked at KPLR and after Friday night's newscast we'd all head over to the Maj for drinks. I still go there a couple times a year and after all those years Lou still remembers us and is still like an old friend. Where else can you find hospitality like that anymore?? And the food, don't get me started! I will miss this place terribly!

Larry Scheller
Larry Scheller

OUCH ! Parkmoore, Dyff's, original Taylanas, Laytons, Riddles, Ciceros basement, The 5th house. Been going there since the 1972. Ouch, ouch, ouch, another great place gone !

George Cameron
George Cameron

Oh, man, that sucks! They had one of the best breakfasts I've ever had the pleasure of eating. :/

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