Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce ‘Business Legend’ John Hood and bride Marilyn prepare for tasty desserts at the new Peter D’s restaurant. Photo by Dan Whittle
The Demos family restaurant torch passes into the new millennium today, May 5, with the opening of Peter D’s, a new upscale Murfreesboro eatery featuring international/American cuisine.
The eatery, located at 2357 Medical Center Parkway, has proven popular during a recent series of “soft openings” as evidenced by remarks from recent Murfreesboro diner Rita Ash.
“Kind of sad that Peter D’s is not even officially opened yet, and we’re already requesting our favorite waiter,” she said. “J.T. is awesome, and we love our new restaurant.”
“Jackie and I had the New York Strip, which was awesome,” noted WGNS Radio talk show host Truman (former sheriff) Jones. “Our server, Abbie, was superb as good as her sister, who works at the original Demos Restaurant here in our great city.”
“We welcome another progressive upscale eatery to our city,” confirmed Murfreesboro City Councilwoman Madelyn Scales Harris as Demos Restaurants’ Corporation President Peter Demos gave her a tour of the restaurant’s indoor ambiance. “The atmosphere and food are superb.”
Former Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce President Peter Demos talked about the new eatery as it relates to area business growth.
“All restaurants, whether chain, fast casual or full service, are good for Murfreesboro,” he said. “They provide jobs and help other industries look at the area for economic growth. Peter D’s is just another link in the chain of a much bigger picture. We are too new to be considered anything other than that.
“We hired 170 employees, and have settled to around 120,” he added.
He also shared about one of his new menu items.
“Most people are excited about the ‘PB Extreme.’ This is peanut butter, honey, banana, cinnamon cereal and bacon. It’s grilled on a hoagie bun.”
There’s another menu item with peanut butter.
“I love peanut butter. I love burgers. You cannot go wrong there,” he noted.
In a press conference, a newsman asked Peter to describe how “much fun” he and wife Kristin had in development of Peter D’s.
“Fun isn’t the right word. However, we work well together. Kristin did the design (of the building) and I did the flow of the operations,” he said.
Peter D’s “purpose statement helps explain Demos’ family/business values.
“At Peter D’s we’re here to glorify God by serving others,” Peter emphasized. “We have a corporate chaplain, and we are closed on Sundays, among other things.”
Peter D’s is a third generation family tradition, dating back to when Greek immigrant Pete Demos jumped ship into America in the 1920s to ultimately open the family’s first popular family meat-and-three diner in Birmingham, Ala.
Pete’s son, Jim (now age 80) and wife Doris Demos (deceased) dedicated their now regionally-famous Demos Steak & Spaghetti House at 1115 N.W. Broad St. in Murfreesboro back on Dec. 12, 1989.