Mayor declares today 'Imo's Day' in St. Louis to honor 50th anniversary

Mayor declares today 'Imo's Day' in St. Louis to honor 50th anniversary

Mayor declares today 'Imo's Day' in St. Louis to honor 50th anniversary

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by Stephanie Baumer / KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 12:23 PM

(KMOV.com) –  A St. Louis food staple is finally getting the recognition it deserves by being honored with its own day.  

Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley have declared Tuesday “Imo’s Day” in St. Louis.

To honor the pizza chain being in business for 50 years, Mayor Slay and Executive Dooley will be at the Imo’s franchisee meeting at 2 p.m. to read their proclamations to Ed and Margie Imo which will make “Imo’s Day” official.

According to their website, Imo’s first opened their doors in 1964 at Thurman and Shaw Ave. in St. Louis. Originally, the pizza parlor was only open in the evenings for pick-up or delivery.

Imo’s is known for their signature Provel cheese, thin crust, squarely sliced pizza.

Jimmy Kimmel and Jon Hamm famously argued over the St. Louis favorite on Kimmel’s Show back in September.

“I get a lot of abuse from people in St. Louis whenever I make fun of their terrible, terrible pizza place," Kimmel said during the light-hearted debate.

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