Catching their breath during a rare customer lull, Steve and Kristin Burdey pose for the camera in the kitchen of Burdey’s Café in Peterson last week. Steve does most of the cooking, but Kristin has been turning out the pies in the foreground. Burdey’s Café opened March 1.
Catching their breath during a rare customer lull, Steve and Kristin Burdey pose for the camera in the kitchen of Burdey’s Café in Peterson last week. Steve does most of the cooking, but Kristin has been turning out the pies in the foreground. Burdey’s Café opened March 1.
Peterson's Burdey's Café is just a month old and customers have been crowding the place.

The back room at what was previously Judy's Country Kitchen is normally full for a Friday night fish fry, but lately it's been that way during weekdays, too.

"It's slowed down a little bit," allowed Kristen Burdey, waitress and pie maker last Friday morning. "But we've had people in the back room all this week, which is good. That's what we like."

Kristen has been busy turning out key lime/raspberry and peanut butter pies as well as cheesecakes.

Asked how the business is going, Steve Burdey, chief cook and Kristen's husband, chimed in: "I think we're ecstatic, but we're tired. We've been packed every Friday night.

"The community has been good (in its response). We can't thank the people enough."

Customer Sandy Thompson enthused, "They (the Burdeys) have an awesome menu; everything is so good. They're wonderful people and an asset to the community."

Former owners Jim and Judy Severtson have come out of retirement to help on a part-time basis. Jim has been frying fish on Friday nights, and Judy also has lent staff support.

Other workers have included Sue Lance, Vickie Monson, Zachary Varney and Annie Scaife (finishing up college for the year).

"Everybody here has a good, strong work ethic," Steve Burdey praises. "We're very blessed that way."

Burdey's Café, located at 417 Mill Street in downtown Peterson, launched March 1. It is open 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The café is closed Sundays.

"That's our rest-up day," said Steve. "Rest up, catch up and go to church as a family. Then we come down to the restaurant and clean."

What about the future? The Burdeys have "all kinds of ideas," said Kristen, "a patio, a bigger kitchen."

For now, though, there's time to settle in and polish the current operation. Judging from its fast start, Burdey's Café is on the right track to success.