Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill recently completed an extensive renovation of the restaurant's space at 5226 Shaw Ave. The goal was to update the restaurant with new amenities but still keep the original, historic charm. Many of the unique attributes such as the round, stained glass window, wrap-around seating at the end of the bar and the famous “Charlie Gitto” booth were restored to their original splendor, according to a press release.
The entire bar was gutted and replaced with a new red onyx bar top and elongated back bar. The back bar was expanded to the ceiling to create a more functional space. The new light fixtures in the dining rooms are described as romantic with subtle gilded gold and black accents. The LaSorda room and Garden Rooms were re-carpeted and all of the restrooms were completely refurbished.
“The bar is phenomenal; definitely my favorite feature of the renovations,” says Samantha Vogt, who handles human resources and management system coordination for the restaurant. Overall, the renovations are, “elegant and formal; it’s who we are,”she says.
A tremendous amount of design, attention to detail and physical labor went into the renovation. The team members include Charlie Gitto, Jr., Paula Gitto, Debbie Donnelly, owner of Donnelly interiors, and Brian & Joe Hawkins from Hawkins Construction. Pam Hawkins, owner of PH Collections, created the art glass window in the men’s restroom.
Jim Nations with Nations Food Service Equipment supplied all the equipment and installation. Ted Liebig, owner of Stone Trends, fabricated the red onyx tops and new restroom tops. The painters from Brandan Painting Company applied a rich chocolate brown glaze on the wood paneling, as well as repainting the ceiling and walls with updated colors. The faux painters from Nettie White Interiors added their magic on the restroom walls and the dining room windows.
A good chance to check out the new renovations: Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill is one of many South St. Louis restaurants participating in this week’s Restaurant Week on The Hill, which runs through Sun., April 21.
And, stay tuned for new menu items rolling out to celebrate Charlie Gitto's 32nd anniversary.
Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill, 5226 Shaw Ave., The Hill, 314.772.8898, charliegittos.com
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