Center City's Iconic 24-Hour Diner Little Pete's Closes - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Center City's Iconic 24-Hour Diner Little Pete's Closes

Little Pete’s along S. 17th Street at Chancellor Street closed its doors for good at 9 p.m. Monday.

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    Landmark Center City diner Little Pete's closed its doors Monday night. NBC10's Denise Nakano spoke to customers who reminisced about the iconic Philadelphia restaurant.

    (Published Tuesday, May 30, 2017)

    A beloved Center City Philadelphia diner serving up late-night eats for decades served its final omelet late Monday night.

    Little Pete’s along S. 17th Street at Chancellor Street closed its doors for good at 9 p.m.

    The diner stands as a restaurant relic amid Center City’s many foodie-geared eateries, serving up traditional diner fare 24 hours a day over nearly 40 years. The diner is one of the last of its kind in Center City with closures of Midtown II and other diners in past years.

    The diner will be torn down to make way for the Hyatt Centric Hotel Project.

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    Landmark Center City restaurant Little Pete's is set to close Monday night. NBC10's Lauren Mayk speaks to the co-owner and longtime customers who are sad to see the Philadelphia staple go.

    (Published Monday, May 29, 2017)

    Throughout Memorial Day, longtime customers visited the diner to enjoy one last meal and reflect on their many memories.

    "1976, the after prom, we were at the Warwick Hotel for our prom," Sharida Gillison said. "We had a limousine. We went to Atlantic City and on the way back, was it 2 o'clock in the morning or 3? Little Pete's was the stop."

    Diner co-owner John Koutroubas said he'll take a break, visit Greece for a few months and then get back to work, possibly at their Fairmount location. He's also not ruling out the possibility of another Little Pete's. 

    "Yes, there could be," Koutroubas said. "Never say no."

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