Owner of Tony's Restaurant in St. Louis attacked

Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 8:36 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — After being attacked by a pair of holdup men, famed St. Louis restaurant owner Vince Bommarito said he'll be more careful going home at night . And the stickup artists might want think twice about assuming someone's an easy mark.

Bommarito, the 80-year-old owner of the landmark Tony's Restaurant, said it happened late Monday night as he was unloading his car near his home. KSDK-TV reported that the men surprised him from behind, hit and kicked him and stole his briefcase.

Bommarito gave as good as he got, biting and kicking one of the men and yelling for help. A neighbor called police and the men escaped.

Bommarito suffered some bruises but declined medical treatment, and he's grateful police recovered the most valuable item from his briefcase — his address book.


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