Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Giuseppe's Ristorante Ends Lunch Service February 14

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Jennifer Silverberg
  • Jennifer Silverberg

After eleven years under the direction of Eric Stockmann and Mark Manfrede, Giuseppe's Ristorante (4141 South Grand Boulevard; 314-832-3779) announced it will transition into Gisueppe's Catering. The final dinner service was last Saturday, and lunch ends Friday, February 14.

See also: The 5 Best Italian Restaurants (Not Cheap) in St. Louis

"We want people to know we can still serve them. We're not going away; we're starting a new chapter and a new phase in our business," Stockmann tells Gut Check. "Our goal here is to continue, not end."

Giuseppe's has had limited hours for a while now, but the Stockmann and Manfrede have decided to take the catering service full time. They're also planning on selling the huge building that currently houses the restaurant, though it's not on the market just yet.

Stockmann says things changed when construction caused weekend highway closures -- business was down 65 percent in the evenings. That's when Giuseppe's introduced limited hours and began catering, which he says is something they never planned on doing. But it took off, and by the time Highway 40 was open, catering sales exceeded dining-room sales.

Catering has also allowed Giuseppe's to expand beyond its Italian roots. The restaurant was founded in 1927 on original Italian recipes and became Giueseppe's in 1973 when its chef of twenty years, Giuseppe Pugliese, took over and moved it to its current location. Pugliese died in January 2013, but sold the restaurant to Stockmann and Mandfrede in 2003.

The brothers-in-law have kept the traditional recipes and Italian specialties that put Giuseppe's on the map, but Stockmann says customer requests caused a foray into Mexican food for catering. Giuseppe's now has an Asian menu available, as well as a "ballpark menu" with Vienna sausage hot dogs and a holiday menu available October through December.

"Our customers yearned for new things. We created new menus so we could still serve them," Stockmann says. "For instance, if they wanted [catered] lunch five days in a row, we could do it without burning them out."

Giuseppe's last dining-room service will be lunch on Friday, February 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check out catering options here.

Gut Check is always hungry for tips and feedback. E-mail the author at or follow her on Twitter.

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation