Today, CC’s City Broiler is the culmination of over 35 years in the restaurant business with roots firmly planted in a unique understanding of quality beef and an unwavering commitment to excellence in every facet of the dining experience. It all began in California with the owner’s parents, “Cleet” and Connie Cleeton…
As a beef industry expert in Southern California, “Cleet” was in charge of the selection and purchasing for a chain of grocery stores. He was regarded as the go to man if you wanted quality beef. Once, he was called on by President Reagan to provide steaks for the president’s family barbeque. Upon moving to Moberly, Mo., in the mid 80s to be closer to family, Connie, “Cleet” and family decided to bring their love of premium beef and seafood that was grilled over a “Santa Maria Style” live oak fire to Mid-Missouri. CC’s Sawyer was born.
As a family-run restaurant, attention to detail in both food and service led to the making of a highly successful steakhouse, where both the Cleetons and their fare become famous locally. In the early 90s, Scott Cleeton ventured out to open a second location in Mexico, Mo., which proved to be just as successful.
Scott eventually set his sights and vision on Columbia. He opened CC’s City Broiler in 1995. This new restaurant was a step up from the days of CC’s Sawyer. It was meant to bring the characteristics of a top rated New York or Chicago style steakhouse to Mid-Missouri. Scott traveled the country dining in the best steakhouses in America and interviewing their owners and chefs before coming back to Columbia to open the new CC’s. He wanted to make sure his new venture lived up to the same standards of fare and service as other premier steakhouses.
Almost 20 years later, his dedication and tenacity have made CC’s City Broiler Columbia’s premier restaurant and steakhouse. It has received many notable awards along the way including: Best Steak, Best Seafood, Best Service and Best Chef to name a few. Most recently, Trip Advisor named CC’s the 2014 “Best Restaurant in Columbia.”