Scion of the Times: James Bommarito continues the Tony’s tradition in Clayton

It was Vince Bommarito Sr., the patriarch of St. Louis’ Italian restaurants, who nudged the now-legendary Tony’s into the national spotlight. When he died last year, his sons and daughter continued to operate the lauded restaurant with the same painstaking precision. It was business as usual until James Bommarito initiated a discussion to move the storied restaurant to the Centene campus in Clayton. After a hiatus at the downtown location (part mandatory, part voluntary), the 54-year-old restaurateur plans to open the doors to its much-anticipated descendant in January.

James Bommarito