We're passionate about food and service, and we bring this passion to you through our restaurant, Little Sheba's. We're honored to be part of Richmond's legendary eateries and are looking forward to helping you make great memories here. ~Chef Moises & LaVon Zacatelco
A little about us: Chef Moises started his career as a fill-in dishwasher at the Old Richmond Inn and eventually worked his way up to train alongside Chef Galo Molina. Most recently, Moises was the Executive Chef at Forest Hills Country Club. LaVon has an extensive background in the restaurant industry, serving at Ainsley's Cafe and Ugly Mugs. The Zacatelco family also includes Moises E., Alexia, Zavier, and Aracely.
Little Sheba's History
The building with the main entrance to our restaurant was constructed in the mid 1800s. The first known business where Little Sheba’s is currently located was Lichtenfels Meat Market, which closed in 1982. In 1984, Del and Duane Fetters re-opened the building after remodeling it to make a a NY style deli called LaCharcuterie Delicatessen, which lasted for just a few years.
Little Sheba's Begins
In 1990, John and Sharon Kurtz purchased the building and started the Little Sheba’s Sandwich Shop. It started with just one room (the one with the main entrance.) In 1995, the couple purchased the building connected next door at 177 Fort Wayne Ave. and expanded to 2 rooms. Sharon was the ringleader of the restaurant and started the tradition of the funny sandwich names, while John played maintenance man. In fact, the name ‘Little Sheba’s’ was inspired from the arguments Sharon and John would have. Every time they got into it, John would say, “Who do you think you are, the ‘Queen of Sheba?’” thus the name of our proud restaurant was born.
Continuing the Little Sheba's Tradition
In December of 2002, Steve Terzini purchased Little Sheba’s Sandwich Shop and changed it to Little Sheba’s Restaurant. In 2004 Steve purchased the next two buildings in the row and opened the bar side of the restaurant. Around the same time the “Better Than Being Home” slogan was born. In 2019, Moises and LaVon Zacatelco purchased the restaurant and look forward to continuing the Little Sheba’s tradition.