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Uncle Stavros at his 95th birthday in 2015. Photo by Esther Kang

Uncle Stavros fed

South Hermosa

Beginning in the late 1960s, two very popular breakfast restaurants competed across the street from one another at Second Street and Hermosa Avenue. S and L, on the north side, was run by “Uncle” Stavros Triantis and his wife Christina. Pete’s RePete, on the south side of Second Street, was run by Pete and his wife. S and L charged 69 cents for two eggs potatoes and toast. Pete’s charged 65 cents. S and L was able to charge four cents more because every breakfast came with a thick slice of Greek bread that Uncle Stavros baked fresh every morning.

Pete’s became an office condo in the early 2000s. But Uncle Stavros and Christina continued working up until Christina’s death in 2013 when daughters Lula and Eleni and Lula’s husband Mike took over the restaurant and renamed it, Uncle Stavros’.

Uncle Stavros passed away last week at age 97. A memorial Mass will be held Friday, June 16, at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church in Los Angeles at 11 a.m. A celebration of his life will follow at about 3 p.m. at the restaurant.

Stavros Triantis was born on March 15, 1920, in Karpenisi, Greece and emigrated to the United States following World War II.  He returned to Greece a few years later to find a wife, but without success. On the ship back to the U.S., he met Christina. The couple moved to Hermosa Beach in the late ‘60s and opened their S and L’s at Second Street and Hermosa Avenue. Their son and two daughters had their own table in the restaurant where the family gathered for dinner every evening and afterwards the kids did their homework.

The couple began work at 5 a.m. and closed at 10 p.m., with Tuesdays off.

Stormwater project meeting

The Hermosa Beach City Council will host a study session devoted to the proposed Greenbelt Infiltration Project on June 19 at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers. Staff will make a brief presentation on the project and members of the public can make comments, but councilmembers will not take action on the project, which is slated to come up for its next vote at a July council meeting.

Fun at Pacific Coast Gallery

Get your leather jackets and your Adidas ready. This Saturday night, Pacific Coast Gallery on Pier Avenue will be screening underground films “Blank Generation” and “The Foreigner.” Patti Astor, founder of the Fun Gallery in New York City and star of “The Foreigner,” will be there, as will artist Paul Roustan, who will be doing live body painting. The event starts at 7 p.m., and will also feature a costume contest, with prizes for the best 70s and 80s get up.

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