Hey Heidi: What's the story of shrine on Daggett?

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - In a neighborhood that spreads across the highest part of the city, the history of this delicious section of St. Louis spreads even further. Mark Erker, the president of Catering St. Louis currently holds the keys to this place.

"Come on in," Erker says unlocking the door.

It's a really cool event space better known as Oliva.

"I love it, we designed it with a little influence of Mediterranean, of course," Erker said.

A place where the tiles on the floor take those who come in back in time.

"This seal is Angelo Sala. It's kind of fun because when people come to weddings, at least the older group, remembers Sala's," he said.

It was one of the first restaurants on the Hill, a spot that predates the viaduct at Daggett and Kingshighway.

"They had seven children and every single one of them worked at the restaurant," Erker said.

And well, that shrine in the back corner of what is now the parking lot of Oliva was put there in 1958 by the Sala family. However, the statue of Mary you see now isn't the original.

"When the last family member died, they donated the statue to St. Ambrose," Erker said.

Mark searched for a replacement and eventually put this statue behind the glass.

"There's a fella down the street that actually comes by on his walk and says a little prayer," he said.

So Sala's Restaurant might be long gone, but the shrine is still standing reminding those who take the extra steps to the back of the parking lot of the special Family that once called this place home.


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