Customers come for the family atmosphere and the hot dogs with secret sauce. The sauce is so exclusive that only a few family members know the recipe.
Next month the restaurant, located near the Plainville border, will host a $1 hot dog day to celebrate the 50-year milestone. All proceeds will go to the Petit Family Foundation.
“We’re part of the community,” St. Pierre said.
His late grandfather, Donald St. Pierre held the same Plainville seat in the legislature that William Petit Jr. now holds.
St. Pierre’s mother, Claudia, co-owner with his father, John, said the lines between Plainville and Southington have always been blurred.
“That’s what it’s all about, giving back to the community,” she said.
“We have people come in for breakfast, then we’ll see them two hours later for lunch,” she added.
A colorful mural on the back wall, painted by local artist Monique Aimee, depicts Saint’s journey from 1967, with founders Donald and Joan St. Pierre, to the 50th anniversary.
In the entrance of Saint’s is more artwork by Aimee depicting patriarch Donald St. Pierre with the words, “Meeting up in the morning, Laughing over lunch, and Desserts after Dinner. Meals and Memories since 1967.”
The $1 hot dog day 50th anniversary celebration will be held on Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. There is a limit of 10 per person. Saint’s is at 1248 Queen St.