Peter Luger

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Peter Luger
Born (1866-01-22)January 22, 1866
Bavaria, Germany
Died January 21, 1941(1941-01-21) (aged 74)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality German
Known for Peter Luger Steak House

Peter Luger (January 22, 1866 – January 21, 1941) was a German chef and restaurateur, who founded Peter Luger Steak House in 1887.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Peter Luger was born in Bavaria, Germany and immigrated to the United States when he was 13 years old. He lived in Brooklyn.[1]

Restaurant business[edit]

In 1887, Peter opened a pool hall and bowling alley with his nephew Carl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn called "Carl Luger's Café, Billiards and Bowling Alley". Peter transformed the building into a steak house and renamed it to Peter Luger Steak House. Peter was known for his serious demeanor and was present almost every evening. He created a "no-frills" atmosphere in his restaurant.[3]


Luger died on January 21, 1941 leaving behind a $241,806 estate.[4] Ownership of the restaurant passed to his son Frederick Luger. Frederick was unable to maintain the quality of steak his father served and sold the failing business to longtime customer, Sol Forman. Forman restored the restaurant to its original prestige.[5]


  1. ^ a b Peter Ross (1899). A Standard History of Freemasonry in the State of New York: Including Lodge, Chapter, Council, Commandery and Scottish Rite Bodies. Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 323–. 
  2. ^ Witchel, Alex (28 April 2004). "After 40 Years, A Waiter Is the Boss". Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  3. ^ Stephen C. Duer; Allan B. Smith (2010). Cypress Hills Cemetery. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 77–. ISBN 978-0-7385-7343-4. 
  4. ^ "Peter Luger Left $241,806 Estate" (PDF). 1941-01-22. Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  5. ^ Kathleen Squires (2013-12-13). "The Next Generation: Peter Luger Steakhouse". Retrieved 2017-04-20.