Steer Inn Burg­ers closes af­ter some 50 years

Rich­mond Hill turns up in droves to say farewell to burger in­sti­tu­tion

Richmond Hill Post - - News - By Paul Han­tiuk

--There will be no more steaks on kais­ers for Rich­mond Hill. The town mourned the loss of one of its lo­cal in­sti­tu­tions as Steer Inn Burg­ers flipped its last paddy Feb. 14. Line­ups started be­fore noon and held up for hours, drain­ing the iconic eatery of its food re­serves.

The burger joint opened up in the 1960s. Later four part­ners de­cided to take up the man­tle of feed­ing Rich­mond Hill’s hun­gri­est spec­i­mens.

Chris Theodor­idis, son of Ted Theodor­idis, one of those part­ners, worked in the multi­gen­er­a­tional fam­ily es­tab­lish­ment as a teen and showed up for one last shift.

“We didn’t re­al­ize it meant so much to the peo­ple of Rich­mond Hill and the sur­round­ing area,” said Theodor­idis.

It was hard life for the four first gen­er­a­tion reg­u­lars. Chris Theodor­idis re­calls his dad telling Chris he was “out of here” when he turned 19. He didn’t want the same long hours away from fam­ily for his son.

“My dad would do his 9 to 6 shift dur­ing the day and then go back from mid­night to 3 a.m. on Fri­days and Satur­days,” said John So­fos, son of Mike So­fos, an­other of the found­ing part­ners.

An­other area burger in­sti­tu­tion, Golden Star Restau­rant, lamented the loss of a fel­low clas­sic.

“It’s a sad day,” said man­ager Ju­lian Do­ria.

“We’ve both been around about the same amount of time.”

Steer Inn may have served up its fi­nal home­made onion ring, but its decades-long pres­ence as a late night go-to for famished bar pa­trons with in­flated ap­petites will not be for­got­ten.

“For peo­ple to wait an hour and a half in line on a Sun­day for a burger, it must have meant some­thing more to them than just food,” said Theodor­idis.

So­fos said the land had been sold to de­vel­op­ers, but the Town of Rich­mond Hill con­firmed that a de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for 9839 Yonge St. has not yet been filed.

Nick So­fos (cen­tre) trad­ing hats with a cus­tomer in­side Steer Inn Burger some decades back

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