Gyro House Reopens After Murder of Owner Ahmed Eltawmi

Jun 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm
click to enlarge The open sign is lit once again at Gyro House. - Ian Froeb
Ian Froeb
The open sign is lit once again at Gyro House.
Gyro House (571 Melville Avenue, University City; 314-721-5638) reopened shortly before noon this morning, six days after owner Ahmed Eltawmi was murdered in the parking lot of his Maplewood apartment complex.

"I think everyone at the outset kind of wanted to [reopen]," says employee Kevin Kosterer. "It was just a matter of when."

Kosterer adds that a memorial open house at the restaurant on Monday evening attracted some 200 people to pay tribute to Eltawmi: "It's been pretty overwhelming."

Eltawmi's killer remains at large. St. Louis County Police have a released a computer-generated sketch of the suspect. Those with information should call the county's Major Case Squad at 314-646-3632.

CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 for information leading to an arrest, while friends and family of Eltawmi are offering a $10,000 reward.