February 21, 2017 2:04 pm
Updated: February 21, 2017 8:51 pm

Red Top Drive Inn co-owner dies while on vacation in Costa Rica

Peter Scouras ran the Red Top Drive Inn, along with his mother, Vicky. The diner is a staple in Winnipeg, serving the famous Monster Burger.


WINNIPEG — A local community is in mourning after the co-owner of a popular Winnipeg diner died while on vacation this week.

Peter Scouras, owner of Red Top Drive-Inn, was swimming in Costa Rica when he got caught in an undertow and drowned, staff at the diner said.

Scouras was in Costa Rica for a rugby tournament with his team the Wombats Rugby Club, according to a Facebook post.

Many friends and Red Top customers took to Facebook to express their condolences.


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The family-owned restaurant has been around since 1960.

Scouras ran the St. Boniface diner with his mother, Vicky after his father, John died suddenly while on vacation in Greece in August 2007.

The diner has gained popularity in recent years, especially since it made an appearance on Food Network Canada’s You Gotta Eat Here!

Former Winnipeg mayor, Sam Katz has boasted about the restaurant as well.

Back in 2013, Global News asked then Mayor Sam Katz to pick any restaurant in the city to do a year-end interview. He picked the Red Top.

“I used to come here every weekend in days gone by… sometimes after a rough day at the office you need some comfort food,” he said at the time.

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