Peters’ Drive-In coming to Gasoline Alley

For 50 years, Peters’ Drive-In has been attracting long line-ups in Calgary. Customers could soon be queuing up in Gasoline Alley as well. The owners of the famed burger joint plan to open a second location on Leva Avenue, south of Largo Street. They hope to begin serving customers some time between the spring and fall of 2015.

For 50 years, Peters’ Drive-In has been attracting long line-ups in Calgary. Customers could soon be queuing up in Gasoline Alley as well.

The owners of the famed burger joint plan to open a second location on Leva Avenue, south of Largo Street. They hope to begin serving customers some time between the spring and fall of 2015.

Founded in 1962 by Gus Pieters, a Dutch immigrant who worked as a baker and pastry chef before moving to Canada in 1954, Peters’ Drive-In is a fast-food institution in Calgary. Located on 16th Avenue N.E., near Edmonton Trail, the restaurant is known for its never-frozen burgers, fresh cut fries, and more than 4,500 combinations of milkshakes made with real ice cream and fruit.

Joanne Rowe and her husband Stephen Hayden bought the restaurant in 2005 — three years before Pieters died at the age of 77.

Rowe, who is president of the company that operates the business, said in an email that she and Hayden were looking for a suitable location north of Calgary for a second restaurant when they spotted the Gasoline Alley site. They purchased that parcel and plan to build a restaurant there that will look similar to the original in Calgary, including green space and outdoor tables for customers.

“The only two differences will be that the Red Deer location will have only a single drive-thru and it will have an indoor eating area, unlike the Calgary location, which has a double drive-thru and no indoor dining.”

Rowe said the new restaurant will be corporate owned.

“We don’t want to franchise as we want to have total control over all of our operations. We want customers to receive exactly what they would receive if they came to Calgary and we believe the best way to do that is to have some of our great people make it all happen.”

Further expansion is possible, with Rowe and Hayden currently looking for suitable property in Edmonton. They’ve also spoken to a real estate agent in Saskatchewan.

The Gasoline Alley Peters’ Drive-In is expected to employ 60 to 70 people.

hrichards@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

WATCH: An ‘Eggstemely Fun Easter’ at Bower Place in Red Deer

Bower Place made sure Red Deer families were able to have an… Continue reading

RDC cancels championship-winning golf program due to tight finances

Short season, small number of student golfers were also considerations

Fire investigators comb through industrial fire wreckage looking for answers

Industrial building in north Red Deer was completely gutted in Wednesday morning fire

Time for a central Albertan in cabinet, says chamber of commerce

Central Alberta had no cabinet ministers in last government

WATCH video of Innisfail resident creating the world’s biggest caricature

Watch as Innisfail resident Dean Foster creates the world’s biggest caricature of… Continue reading

Notre Dame rector: “Computer glitch” possible fire culprit

PARIS — A “computer glitch” may have been behind the fast-spreading fire… Continue reading

Former journalist pleads guilty to robbing two banks in Medicine Hat

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — A former journalist arrested almost two years ago… Continue reading

Austria fears for three top climbers missing in Banff National Park

BERLIN — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Friday his thoughts are with… Continue reading

As Vancouver fights over 4-20, Seattle’s Hempfest enjoys tolerance, some support

VANCOUVER — They both came from humble beginnings: small protests against marijuana… Continue reading

All eyes on the surging Greens as Prince Edward Island goes to the polls

After a brief provincial election campaign devoid of drama, voters on Prince… Continue reading

North Dakota company where 4 were slain seeks normalcy

MANDAN, N.D. — Camaraderie was so important for the “coffee club” at… Continue reading

Trump blasts ex-advisers who say he tried to stop Mueller

WASHINGTON — A day after celebrating the release of the Mueller report… Continue reading

Sanders claims she didn’t lie, despite Mueller finding

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders pushed back Friday against… Continue reading

Most Read