Pa Peterson’s a sweet spot for Jasper Place patrons

By Jeremy Jagodzinski

EDMONTON — In the corner of a west Edmonton strip mall is an eclectic eatery called Pa Peterson’s. After serving the community for decades, it might be forced out of business.

a complimentary order of Fries and secret gravy from Pa Peterson's, an ice cream and burger shop in danger of being forced out of business. Located at 16320-95 Ave. in northwest Edmonton on March 12, 2012. Photographed by Jeremy Jagodzinski

Fries and secret gravy from Pa Peterson's, an ice cream and burger shop at 16320 95 Ave. in west Edmonton on March 12, 2012. Photograph by Jeremy Jagodzinski

Close to Jasper Place and St. Francis Xavier high schools, Pa Peterson’s has been the main lunch spot of students for generations and little has changed for 50 years. But the new landlord, Rexall Group, might soon force the restaurant out to build a pharmacy.

For the past 25 years, current owner and operator Teddy Luu has done little to change Pa Peterson’s to preserve its presence in the community.

“French fries are only two dollars,” said Luu. “It’s the same price people were paying 20 years ago.” Dozens of students come by every day out of love for his fries and his secret gravy.

From gumballs and ice cream to burgers and Pop Rocks, the ice cream shop is a candied kaleidoscope of specialty items brought in by request. Sweets of all kinds, shapes and sizes overwhelm you as soon as you walk through the door.

Luu is thankful for what he has. It is his sole means of supporting his family. Pa Peterson’s means everything to him. “If I have to leave, I don’t know what I’m going to do,” said Luu.

The Rexall Group has yet to provide Luu with a date when it will decide the fate of his tenancy, but he keeps a positive attitude. Loyal customers have started Facebook pages on the shop’s behalf called “Save Pa Peterson’s ice cream shop.” In their effort to rally support, one of them has attracted over 900 people.

Spend an afternoon with Luu in his eatery:

This is one moment in the Day in the Life of West Edmonton, a West Edmonton Local project conducted on March 12, 2012.