Richmond's legendary O'Toole's Restaurant was founded in 1966 by Mr. James Edward O'Toole. James, also known as Jim, was the son of Irish parents, who immigrated to the United States in 1920. Shortly after arriving in the U.S. Jim became the first among his immediate family to be born on American soil. His wife, Marie F. Shortell-O'Toole's family immigrated to the United States at the turn of the 20th Century.
The O'Toole's family eventually settled in the coal-rich region of Western Pennsyl- vania, where Jim worked for a bottling company that serviced concessions at Pittsburgh Steelers games. There, Jim and Marie bore four sons, Jimmy, Bill, John, and Tom.