Monte's Restaurant began as a coffee and sandwich shop sometime in the mid 1940's. Peter Motejunas, who had been working at General Electric, went into partnership with others in order to make a little extra money to augment his weekly income. The business went well, but they knew they could do better if they had a beverage license. After some struggle, they obtained a beer and wine license.
At some point in time, the partners left the business for one reason or another, and "Pete Monte", as he was known by his friends became sole proprietor. He managed to get a full liquor license, so he left the "G.E." and went full-time into running a bar and restaurant. He was industrious and gregarious, and was a real "people person." The business slowly grew and became very profitable.