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Risto's Place

Complete Bar. Wine Services. Catering. Delivery. Live Entertainment. Come Lounge, Dine and Enjoy the atmosphere!

Risto’s Place has the feel of fine dining in the neighborhood.

Sheryl and Risto Toukola purchased the restaurant in 1999 and operated it as Mayo’s Ristorante. In 2007, Risto accidentally lost his life and Sheryl recently renamed the restaurant “Risto’s Place” in his honor.

Sheryl’s specialty is fresh food, made from scratch with produce and fruits from the local farmers’ market. Herbs are home-grown, desserts homemade daily, soups and sauces simmer long hours on the stove, not heated from a can. Sheryl serves only fresh fish caught in the wild in American waters. Sausages, salamis and cheeses are still sent to Sheryl from specialty stores in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Go Steelers!) Coffee, however, is shipped in from her favorite roastery in Seattle, Washington. She is all about “Buy American”. Her dishes are from an American manufacturer as is her silverware and glassware. She gets canned tomatoes from a California grower and cannery. She purchases every item she can American- made. Prosciutto, however, would not be the same unless it was aged in Italy.

Risto’s Place also offers a complete lounge menu for those seeking a less than a full meal, although full meals may be ordered in the lounge. Complete bar and wine services are available and live entertainment can be enjoyed on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and some Saturdays. Open Mic is held every Tuesday at 7:30pm. Solo acts perform on Thursdays at 8pm and Bands play on Fridays at 8:30pm. The lounge atmosphere is akin to the television bar affectionately known as “Cheers”.

Fresh Food

Made from scratch with ingredients from the local farmers’ market.


Private and corporate party catering services in our spaces or at off-site locations.


We offer Family Meal Packages. Less Work, More Quality Time.


Open Mic every Tuesday at 7:30pm. Solo acts perform on Thursdays at 8pm and Bands play on Fridays at 8:30pm.



11:30AM – 2PM (Lunch)
5PM – 10PM (Dinner)
4:30PM – Until (Lounge)

5PM – 10PM (Dinner)
4:30PM – Until (Lounge)


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Catering with Risto's

Treat your guests to an event in one of our private spaces, or rent out our entire venue! We also offer catering services for off-site locations, call our main number for more information.


Call our main number more information:



123 N Center St.
NC 28677

Tel: 704-872-5557