The 248-foot-tall Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument is dedicated May 15th on the Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Later that summer, Joe Stahr opens his tavern and buffet restaurant just two blocks south of the Circle on Illinois Street.
The first Indianapolis 500 is run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
St. Elmo Steak House celebrates the end of Prohibition. Draft beer is .10 cents a glass for most of the next 20 years.
Japan attacks the American fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, thrusting the United States into World War II. St. Elmo opens for breakfast during the war years to serve the huge numbers of soldiers and sailors passing through Union Station.
Harry Roth takes the reins of St. Elmo Steak House in June 1947 and would later be joined by his long-time business partner Izzy Rosen in 1955.
St. Elmo’s signature appetizer the Shrimp Cocktail is $1.00.
Harry Roth and Izzy Rosen purchase the Braden Building, home to St. Elmo Steak House for 68 years. The neighboring Army Navy Surplus store was then converted into what is now the Tiffany Dining Room.
Roth’s and Rosen’s bet on the future of downtown Indianapolis two years before is justified when the Indiana Convention Center opens at South Capitol and Maryland Streets, just around the corner from St. Elmo Steak House.
St. Elmo Steak House is the place to see and be seen in Indianapolis, The Jumbo Cocktail sells for $3.95, and the most popular item on the menu is the New York Strip Sirloin at $9.50.
Lorenzo Acuna joins St. Elmo Steak House. Over the years Lorenzo becomes the embodiment of professional service and he is currently the longest tenured employee with over 35 years of service. Here is a photo of his locker that displays his start date in the basement of St. Elmo.
Representatives of the Capital Improvement Board and Robert Irsay cement the deal to build the Hoosier Dome and bring the Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis over shrimp cocktail and steaks at St. Elmo Steak House.
Veteran restaurateur, Steve Huse has a vision and purchases the Braden building and the St. Elmo business from Harry Roth & Izzy Rosen.
Steve Huse passes the torch of leadership to his son, Craig Huse, who takes over day-to-day operations. Craig becomes a full partner in 2000.
Construction began on the latest expansion into the Deschler Building, adjacent to the current location of St. Elmo Steak House. Mark Pi’s China Gate is converted into the Tony Hulman Room, the Wine Cellar and the Director’s Room.
Peyton reviews his first NFL contract at St. Elmo and becomes a friend to ownership and staff and remains a regular at St. Elmo even up until he signed with the Denver Broncos. In 2007 Peyton became one the partners of St. Elmo’s sister restaurant Harry & Izzy’s.
St. Elmo Steak House kicks off its yearlong centennial celebration with several special events to mark the anniversary of the city’s oldest downtown restaurant including a $.10 Draft Beef which lined customers further than the eye could see.
The first Harry & Izzy’s opens on the same block as its sister restaurant, St. Elmo Steak House. This upscale American grill was created in honor of Harry Roth and Isadore “Izzy” Rosen, St. Elmo owners from 1947 to 1986.
The RCA Dome closes and is demolished due to the opening of Lucas Oil Stadium, the new home of the Indianapolis Colts. Lucas Oil would become the home of the 2012 Super Bowl.
St. Elmo Shrimp Cocktail gains global recognition by winning world’s spiciest food award from well-known food critic and blogger, Alison Stein Wellner and the Travel Channel. It also earned a spot on the Food Network show ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate; Spicy Food Edition.’
St. Elmo Steak House runs out of space to expand horizontally and renovates the second floor above St. Elmo, calling the space the 1933 Lounge. Harry & Izzy’s expands on its’ continued success and opens its third location on the North side of Indianapolis.
St. Elmo has always been a place to see celebrities but during the 2012 Super Bowl, it became the center of attention for the 6 days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday. Celebrities included John Travolta, Shaq, Eli Manning, Tom Brady, Adam Sandler, and several hundred other high profile celebrities. St. Elmo was a constant on the National media scene with countless mentions on ESPN, and virtually all main media outlets, including shows such as TODAY Show, Sportscenter, and many more.