The Sterling started life on the corner of Capitol & Washington Streets in 1931
It would move behind the Diamond on Washington Street next to the Firestone Store
I ate many meals here as a boy.
Around this same time Andy Raptis also opened a little place across from the Virginian Theater....
Artist Bernie Wiepper installing the "Bull In The Pen" on the new Sterling Restaurant
the Diamond expanded for the second time, it took the old Sterling
property for their mens department. Andy Raptis then decided to
build an all new restaurant at 507 Capitol Street in 1962. He
hired Charleston artist Bernie Wiepper to construct a huge head of a
bull of gold color. The restaurant opened in 1963 and did very
well in this location for a time. |
|Oddly enough, the same year the new Sterling opened, it's longtime owner Andy Raptis died in a fall from the roof. Some people say the Sterling was never the same after that.|
The building today