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Peterson’s Corner sale pending

A sale is pending for Peterson’s Corner, the popular 71-year-old roadhouse on the San Juan Ridge, as owners Frank and Laura Peter eye retirement.

No major changes are planned to the original bar and restaurant at Highway 49 and Pleasant Valley Road, said new manager Justin Dunne. He plans to keep the traditional steaks, prime rib and fish menu.

“We’ll add dishes as we get to know our customers,” Dunne said. “Michael Daly, who used to own Michael’s Garden in Nevada City, will be our chef, and he’s very good.”



Though no changes are planned for the current dining room and bar, “we’d like to build a big deck off the back” down the road, Dunne said.

Other plans include landscaping of the 4 1/2 acre plot just two miles from North San Juan, Dunne said. A new outbuilding for weddings and other gatherings also could be built.




Dunne used to own the Northridge Restaurant in Nevada City, where he still resides. His sister, Patricia Dunne of Moraga, will be the legal owner of Peterson’s Corner when the sale closes, he said.

“The new owners want to take it as is, and that’s very wise of them,” said Frank Peter, who has owned the classic California roadhouse for the past five years with his wife. “People want this place to be the same if they haven’t been here in 20 years.”

Peterson’s Corner was built in 1937 by Gus Peterson, who started planning it earlier in that decade when the repeal of liquor prohibition appeared imminent, Peter said. It was a bar and grocery store first and in the mid-’50s, a dining room was added.

“It was the first cook-your-own-steak place in the county,” Peter said. “It didn’t work because they couldn’t vent the heat out of the place.”

The restaurant and bar survived, however, as tourists, bikers and locals made it a favorite watering hole and place to eat through the years. The Peters purchased the place for $400,000 and have remodeled it with new floors, wiring, plumbing and air conditioning.

The purchase price of the sale is $750,000 Dunne said, and its projected closing date is Sept. 29. The planned sale was reported in a legal notice in The Union.

As previously reported, another popular roadhouse, the landmark 5-Mile House just north of Nevada City, is for sale for $1.15 million.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call 477-4237.


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