South-side institution closes after 31 years serving meals

May 1, 2014
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A staple of the south side served its last meal Tuesday.

Sisters’ Place, known for its homestyle cooking and its wraparound pink awning, closed after 31 years in business.

Sisters closing 225pxA sign on the door from founder Carole Pope informed patrons that it’s time for her to retire.

“My valued employees and [I] have been grateful for your loyalty and support,” the sign said. “We would not have survived without you. We will never forget the many friendships formed over the years.”

Cassidy Turley retail broker Bill French described the diner as "kind of an eclectic place"--perhaps out of place among the new generation of restaurants. Still, he thinks the location is attractive enough to keep another eatery in business.

Indeed, the space at 215 Terrace Avenue, just off Madison Avenue and south of Interstate 70, won’t stay vacant for long. An extensive remodel will be undertaken by a new tenant, also a restaurant, according to the sign.

Sources say Dimitri’s Restaurant is moving in. The Greek and Italian eatery formerly operated farther south, at 4902 S. East St., south of Interstate 465.

Pope started Sisters’ with sibling Carole Beyers in a former gas station at 2310 Shelby St., near East Raymond Street and Interstate 65. Pope became the sole owner in 1985 and, in 1991, moved the restaurant to its location near Madison Avenue where Miller’s Market once stood. In 2005, her daughter, Alicia “Sunshine” Beyers came aboard as assistant manager.

Among the menu favorites were the biscuits and gravy, fried chicken and homemade pies, once baked by the mother of the sisters.

  • Sorry to have to say goodbye
    I have been going to Sisters for over 22 years. I saw them grow and move from Shelby Street to their current location. The waitresses have become friends and I will dearly miss our early morning conversations. Good luck to all of the staff.
  • That;s too bad
    I guess that I missed out. Never heard of it. :(
  • Miss the good home cooking
    It should have been on DDD on the Food channel. I loved the home cooking. Always had good food. If you didn't take th 9 minute drive from Downtown to the place. You really did miss good food. Enjoy Retirement Ms. Pope.
  • VERY sad to see this go
    Wish I had known. Staff was great, as was the copycat salad. Maybe someone can share the recipe for the dressing (based omn the old TeePee dressing)?
  • Great Food...we'll miss all of you
    We are probably "new-bees" at "Sisters"..however have enjoyed the food and staff for the past few years. Enjoy your retirement...we'll all miss you. Shucks...where do we go now?????
  • Sisters Place
    No more Copy Cat Salads
  • New Owners
    A friend of mine is part of the group that bought the building, and they are currently doing a remodel and are planning on opening as soon as they can. I know he and his family have a lot of experience in the restaurant biz, and he told me they are planning on doing diner type food. I know he was pretty excited to have the opportunity to have a restaurant again especially in a space that had such good reviews and reputation.
  • Sad to hear
    Sisters was great, some of the best home cooked food in the city. Very sad to see them go!
  • gratitude
    Thanks to all who took the time to comment. I'm excited to see what the new owners do with Sisters' and wish them the best.

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