Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Local News

January 19, 2014

End of an era

Peterson’s Smokehouse closes doors for good after 26 years

“We were sitting down the other night, looking at all the numbers, and in the past 26 years, we figure we’ve made right at a million sandwiches,” Ruth Peterson said. But the sandwiches she made for her customers at Peterson’s Smokehouse on Friday marked the end of the line.

The restaurant/deli/catering business that opened on South Main in 1987 closed its doors for good, with Ruth and her son Steve getting ready to move on to the next stage in their lives.

Ruth Peterson said when she opened the smokehouse in June 1987, Steve and her other son, Troy, were both in high school, and both worked at the smokehouse with her. Troy graduated from high school, went on to college and then went to work for Kronos iSeries Solutions Group on Nolan River Road. Steve remained at the smokehouse.

But recently, Ruth Peterson said, “Steve got a really good job offer” from Fun Town RV, and together they decided it was time for them both to move on to something new. Shortly after, she said, a potential buyer expressed interest in the smokehouse. She said that the deal isn’t sealed with the potential buyer yet, so she can’t discuss any details. 

Steve Graeve said that if the deal goes through, the location will still be a restaurant, but it won’t be the same kind of restaurant.

“It just all sort of fell into place,” Ruth Peterson said. “Steve’s job offer popped up. Then this buyer popped up. We just feel like the lord’s hand is in it and it is time to move on. I still love what I’m doing here, but it’s just about the timing.”

Ruth Peterson said she’s not sure what she will do now, but that she’s “looking for something part time, something interesting and fun.” She said she figures that when people hear she’s looking for a job, somebody will come looking for her, and whatever comes along, she’s confident she can handle it.

Text Only
Local News
  • Charles and Gracie 1.jpg Burleson shelter reunites dog with California truck driver

    A California truck driver was reunited with his pit bull recently thanks to the family that took care of her, the police officer who found her, and the animal shelter staff that found the microchip.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • _MG_0878.JPG Antique Alley: Let the bargain shopping begin

    R.D. Curtis has been collecting clocks for about 35 years and already has about 150 in his home, the Cleburne resident said. And each spring and fall he heads out to Antique Alley to look for more.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • RVISD coach to be AD, assistant principal

    Rio Vista High School Spanish teacher Ryan Cavazos will become the assistant principal and athletic director, in addition to head basketball coach for the upcoming school year.

    April 18, 2014

  • 1 killed, 3 injured when pickup rolls outside Whitney

    A Cleburne teen was killed and three young men — including two more from Johnson County — were injured Saturday in a one-vehicle accident just north of Whitney, according to The Hillsboro Reporter.

    April 18, 2014

  • The saga continues

    The chapters in the ongoing tale of false starts and setbacks concerning Bill Miller’s downtown Cleburne building continue to pile up with the latest delivering yet another possible resolution.

    April 17, 2014

  • Johnson County hires new CRI coord.

    Johnson County commissioners on Monday approved a contract with Diana Claussen through which she will coordinate the Cities Readiness Initiative in Johnson County. County Emergency Management Coordinator Jamie Moore recommended Claussen to replace Brenda Campbell, who previously handled the program for the county.

    April 17, 2014

  • amy in Austin.jpg Marti fifth-grader to be recognized at state ceremony

    Marti Elementary fifth-grader Amy Fowler was recognized Saturday in Austin at an awards ceremony honoring state winners in the Texas PTA 2014 Reflections Art in Education program.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • All 3 candidates to participate in mayoral forum

    From probably not to maybe, Cleburne mayoral candidate Ted Reynolds now says he will participate in tonight’s mayoral forum.

    April 17, 2014

  • Janszen lay speaker at final Holy Week services

    The Cleburne Christian Business Club’s 38th annual celebration of Holy Week concludes Friday with the 7 a.m. service featuring the choirs of Field Street Baptist Church and First Baptist Church and lay speaker Jan Janszen.

    April 17, 2014

  • Food trucks rolling into Cleburne

    There will be an eclectic mix of music, art and food trucks at Market Square in downtown Cleburne on Saturday in support of the Golden Pride Band.

    April 17, 2014

Latest CTR Videos
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
House Ads
Featured Ads
CTR Sports
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide