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Peddler returns, Sue sweetens Banner Elk

Article Published: Mar. 11, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Peddler returns, Sue sweetens Banner Elk

From left, Tameron, Sue, James and Jackson Russ serve smiles at the Sue's Sweets in Banner Elk.

Photo by Matthew Ellise

Peddler reopens
The Peddler Steakhouse has reopened and is gratefully serving its community again.

A fire in the kitchen on Dec. 8 caused the Boone eatery to shut down until the repairs and building codes could be updated. Wednesday, March 10, marks its reopening after three months of feverish work to open its doors to the area again.

"We are so grateful for the people in the community who have been coming to us throughout the years and supporting our business," owner Debbie Broome said. "It is such a good feeling to know that people want to see us reopen."

Broome and her husband, Murray, bought The Peddler in the fall of 1975 and have been running the restaurant for 35 years. During their ownership, they have fed thousands of visitors and locals with their best foot (and food) forward.

The Peddler has cultivated a warm atmosphere for customers' dining experience, and the Broomes take pride in serving quality meals with an attentive staff.

"Murray is the total business end," Broome said. "I am the one who notices if somebody started the evening with a dirty apron."

The Peddler has been a fine-dining steakhouse since the start.

"With ASU, we have always had a good pool of employees to pick from," Broome said. "And we have a lot of local people who work for us too. This is an industry that has a 95-percent failure rate."

After 35 years of faithful service, Broome said the reason they have done so well is because of their customers. She said that she and her husband have enjoyed being a part of this community and have stayed in the area because of its residents.

"Boone is home," she said. "Boone is where we raised our children."

"I've been here 12 hours a day, seven days a week, for three months now," Murray Broome said. "When our employees and people come through our doors, that is what keeps us going. It has just been our life."

Debbie Broome encouraged those customers who had purchased Peddler cards in 2009 after November to be aware that the cards will be valid through Feb. 8, 2011. Peddler cards are bought for $75 and can be used 10 times to deduct one meal from a group from the bill. The card is good for meals other than the most costly.

Although reopening The Peddler has been difficult because of the many issues that follow a fire, The Broomes are looking forward to the future.

"If anything, we'll be better," Murray Broome said. "It's just a bump in the road. Boone has been good to us."

Sweet Sue's Bakery open in Banner Elk
Sue Russ had a grandmother from Holland who taught her how to cook sweets.

From an early age, Russ has been working with her hands to create delicious foods. Her new store in Banner Elk, called Sue's Sweets, is a venture she first started last June. In her heart, she hopes to gather people together to enjoy good foods and the enjoyment of being with each other.

Her children are examples of the attitude she takes toward her new business.

"It means something that my kids can take ingredients and create a meal," Russ said.

Russ hopes people in the area will try her edibles and see her skill. She also hopes that local restaurants will include her deserts on their menu. She said if they were close to her cafe, she would deliver their requested cakes or pies for free.

In mid-April, Russ plans on inviting mothers and their children to the cafe to enjoy free craft and art activities on Wednesday mornings. She hopes that mothers will bring their younger children to play and create with each other.

Folks who stop by will find pies, bagels, cakes and coffees to enjoy. Russ plans on expanding the cafe's menu to include sandwiches, as well, in the future.

Tameron, Russ' eldest daughter, runs the cash register after school. Jackson, the youngest son, and James, there in the middle, help their mother by serving customers with a smile.

The cafe is tucked into the corner of the market across from Food Lion in Banner Elk. It has an outside patio with oversized tables and inside a spacious sitting area. There is a wireless Internet connection and computers for customers to use.

Open seven days a week, Sweet Sue's cooks up delectable treats in the cafe and takes orders for all types of events. "I love to see people enjoying them (sweet.)," Russ said.

Sweet Sue's is located at 3595 Tynecastle Highway, Banner Elk. It is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (828) 898-2432.

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