Can the 70-year-old landmark Kitty Pappas Steakhouse sign be saved?

Sep 19, 2022, 10:33 PM | Updated: Sep 20, 2022, 9:28 am

WOODS CROSS, UtahA Woods Cross man is putting out a plea to save a 70-year landmark — an old neon sign that could soon be shut off for good.

The Kitty Pappas Steakhouse shut down last June. It will soon be gone. Still, George Pappas is hopeful the huge neon sign will remain.

In the push for progress, we often see the past fade away.

“Too many of them plastic signs out and about.”

George said this steakhouse was more than a family business.

“Uh, it’s been a wonderful life here,” he said. They lived in the attached residence, too.

“And so, my mom, having three kids, she pulled her bootstraps up and took care of business.”

Katherine, better known as Kitty Pappas, did it alone. Her husband, John, died when George was just 2 years old.

“She had customers that were fifth generation customers,” George said. “It’s been a wonderful relationship with the public and the community.”

But compounding struggles came to a head during the pandemic.

“June 30th was our last day.”

And less than a month later, they also said goodbye to Kitty.

“She was 92 years old. It was a life like Dick Clark. She was going 1,000 miles an hour, didn’t appear to be aging, then in them last two years, it all caught up with her,” George said.

And while the building is next to go, George is hopeful the sign can stay. He’s been garnering support online and will take his plea to the Woods Cross City Council Tuesday during the public comment portion of their regular meeting.

“And I’m going to propose it to them,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll find the right words and be able to say it in the right way.”

George Pappas

 He asks that others will show up to the meeting with him, which is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m.

“For it to be gone, it would just be a shame.”

After living and working here — serving and helping cut those steaks — George is hoping city leaders might see some value in that one last piece that’s stood for seven decades, finding some way to save it.

“That’d be sweet.”

George said the building will likely be torn down next month to make room for an expansion of the car dealership next door.

We reached out to Woods Cross City to see whether they’d consider helping in this, but did not get a call back before office closed Monnday.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

A group of students touring Alta View Hospital in Sandy. (Mark Less)...
Alex Cabrero

Black Physicians of Utah host Medicine Immersion Day

A local organization is encouraging Utah's Black youth to consider a career field in health and medicine to diversify the medical field.
18 hours ago
The Belvedere building, 29 S. State St (Andrew Adams)...
Andrew Adams

Bats in the Belvedere in Salt Lake City test positive for rabies

Bats in the Belvedere in Salt Lake City are testing positive for rabies, health officials warn residents and locals to use caution.
18 hours ago
"There are many rumors going around about a fight last night at the Hillcrest football game. We wou...
Brooke Williams

Rumors of a weapon at Hillcrest High School football game put to rest

Rumors of a weapon at a Hillcrest High School football game are put to rest.
18 hours ago
FILE PHOTO (Salt Lake City School District)...
Brooke Williams

Highland High School makes sure all students can participate in homecoming dance Saturday

“We are happy to announce that this year’s Homecoming Dance is FREE. Dresses, suits, transportation, and a free Chick-fil-A dinner will make for a fun tradition for all students to enjoy.”
18 hours ago
Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

BYU premieres documentary ‘The Black 14: Healing Hearts and Feeding Souls’

There's a lot of history with BYU football. Saturday’s game against Wyoming in Provo will bring some of that history back. It's a story many people might not know, which is why BYU journalism students did a documentary on it, called The Black 14.
2 days ago
Shara Park

Jordan High student athletes help two kids with cerebral palsy enjoy Fun Run

As thousands of Utahns head to their local high schools for Friday night lights, it’s the Jordan High School athletes that shine a little brighter in the eyes of two Park Lane Elementary students.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
Can the 70-year-old landmark Kitty Pappas Steakhouse sign be saved?