Pete's on Johnston Serving it Up Again!
Sep 04, 2015 02:42PM
● By Caitlin Marshall
After much anticipation, Pete’s on Johnston Street is once again open for business. Long known for its friendly atmosphere, this one time Sports Bar has rebranded itself as Pete’s “Family Sports Grill”, a place where friends and family can gather for a great meal, watch the game or listen to music while the kids play in the designated game room.
We [FACE] recently made an impromptu visit to see what’s changed. Upon our entrance, it was immediately clear that the Pete’s of old was new again!!! Still possessing the charm and flair that locals have always loved, the new Pete’s is a modern version of its historic self. It
was clean and well lit. We were greeted with a smile and both the service and food we received could not have been better.
A few days later, we visited with General Manager, Crystal Guidry, to learn more about what people should expect at the new Pete’s.
“We’re excited about the changes we’ve made and look forward to this new chapter in the Pete’s story,” said Guidry. “We’re a family restaurant, not just a bar… Our goal is to provide quality food and premium liquor in an atmosphere that can be enjoyed by the entire family…”
[FACE] Other than the obvious remodeling, what specifically has changed and why?
Guidry continued, “… it was time for a change. In this industry, you either stay current or you fall by the wayside. It’s how Pete’s has been able to survive and thrive for over 45 years.”
As for what’s changed, we were told that (owner) Preston Guidry and his staff spent a great deal of time searching for vendors that could provide only the freshest produce and ingredients. Other than the updates to the facility, one of their main goals was to update and streamline the menu, making sure that many house favorites of old were included.
“It was a challenge…,” said Crystal. “In order to provide the quality food, drink and
experience we are committed to, we had to evaluate, update, and revamp almost everything; from recipes to restrooms, nothing was off limits.”
[FACE] So with all the updates, we just have to ask… What’s the deal with no phone number?
With a grin, Crystal quickly replied, “That’s probably the number one question we’ve been asked in the past month. The answer’s quite simple. Because customer service is so important to us, we decided not to take phone orders during the soft opening. That, along with other services, will become available in time... You only have one chance to make a first impression, and we’re focusing on those people who are dining in with us.”
Originally opening as “Uncle Pete’s” in 1968, Pete’s has established itself as a corner stone in Acadiana, standing the test of time by carrying on local traditions as a place for both reminiscing and making new memories.