If you ask 10 different people you are likely to get 12 different stories of how the Pete’s no restaurants came to be. So in the spirit of tradition this is the version we will go with. The first Pete’s was opened by a Mr. Manos on the West End in the early 1930′s. They sold hot dogs, peanuts, and such. It had various owners before it closed in 1970. Our Great Uncles George and Nick opened Pete’s no 2 in 1941 located on Main Street. Pete’s no 2 occupied two different buildings during its life. That is why some are confused more so because Pete’s no 2 had changed locations and looking back some think they were operating at the same time. Pete’s no 2 is no longer in business and has been closed for many years. Pete’s no 3 opened its doors in 1952 and is located on Pendleton Street. In 1954 Pete’s no 4 (that’s us) was conceived and shortly after opening was sold to their nephews one of which was our father Jimmy Como. Fast forward through the 50′s, 60’s, and in the late 70’s the last remaining partner Rocky sold his share to Jimmy. As you can see on our logos we use 1956 as the year we started. But, our father did not arrive to Greenville SC until 1956. Though he was not a partner at that time that is the year we use. Throughout the last half of the century the old place had been remodeled. In 1985 the new restaurant was built simply because we had outgrown the original one. Just a few feet away the new place was being erected while the old place operated till construction was complete. The local news taped the demolition of the old building. During that interview Jimmy Como told the reporter “My mother had me but that building raised me.” That old building is truly missed and subject to many a story of those that grew up dining there.
As the story goes there are many Pete’s or offshoots. The funny thing is none are affiliated or are owned by the same people. Therein lies another story. Why did we change the name to Como’s Pete’s no 4 in the 80’s? Well some people thought all the Pete’s were affiliated or owned by the same family. Some liked another locations sandwich better, prices were different, they used a sesame bun we used non sesame, they may use crinkle cut fry, we use steak cut etcetera and so on. So we decided to put our name in front of Pete’s no 4. May we say it did not help, it only confused people more. Most Greenville natives know the history of Pete’s but even they may disagree on facts. We feel all the restaurants sell a similar product with variations on the same theme: burgers, hot dogs, and onion rings. Over the years we have increased our menu selection to appeal to more pallets. We may have started off as hamburgers and hot dogs but now we also offer meats & veggies, gyros, pitas, clubs, and various salads. Thank you for over 56 years of your patronage and we look forward to seeing you for many more.
The Como Brothers,
Nick & Tony
Patsy & Avery Wood eat at Pete’s for dinner at least 4 days per week. To say they’re regulars around here would be putting it mildly! Especially since Avery has been coming to eat at Pete’s since 1960 and Patsy since the 70′s. After 50 years, they’re more than customers – they’re Pete’s family! Avery […]
David McMurray, aka the hamburgler, has been coming to our restaurant for over 20 years now. As you might have guessed, he almost always orders a hamburger and is a big fan of every burger on our menu. He enjoys coming to lunch here because he usually runs into friends who also work in the […]
Our customers of the month for January 2014 are Harold & Rhonda Carey. They have been coming to Como’s Pete’s #4 since 1970 and are big fans of the food, staff, and other customers. They consider our restaurant to be a neighborhood destination for the Augusta Street community! We’re always happy to see Harold & Rhonda come […]