Six months ago, as COVID-19 restrictions ran roughshod over the restaurant business, it seemed a little ill-advised to open a new eatery. But Tom Peters went ahead anyway, cutting the ribbon on Holy Que Smokehouse in Lahaska.
Since then, he’s been thrilled at the sticky-fingered, multi-napkin-using customers who have been gobbling up his Texas-style meat.
“Given the circumstances,” Peters said, “Holy Que really hit the ground running. With a few pivots in the process, we have been able to really put traditional Texas BBQ on the map here in Bucks County and beyond. The feedback from locals and even Texas transplants has been pretty awesome.”
Demand for Holy ‘Que’s food is high. If the pandemic dampened diners’ desire to line up for savory Texas barbecue, Peters and his staff never noticed. Sellout of cooked meat is often a daily occurrence. And the catering business is so active, Peters is adding a second smoker to handle offsite events.
“We’re focused on putting out the best product possible and adding the mobile unit will help keep our ‘pit-to-plate’ style service,” he said.
After just a half-year in business, expansion is in the works. Peters plans a grocery/convenience store (HQ Market) next door to his Peddler’s Village location.