The Pryor Times

December 19, 2013

Pete’s new owners plan to preserve the tradition

Susan Wagoner
Staff Writer

PRYOR — Pete’s Drive-In has new owners and the switch marks the retirement of long-time owner, Bob Lam.

Steve Roberts and Heath Neighbors teamed up to purchase the iconic drive-in on old Highway 20 from Lam, who has owned it since 1980.

“Bob Lam is retiring. Can you believe it?” Neighbors said. Both Roberts and Neighbors are from Pryor and familiar with the Pete’s legacy.

“Our plans are to keep it as original as we possibly can,” Neighbors said. “We want to carry on the tradition.”

Roberts and Neighbors said that the original crew is staying on, including Lam’s daughter, DeeAnn Gilliland.

The duo plan to do some upgrades on the facility and some cosmetic changes may be on the horizon, but customers can rest easy.

“Our customers can be assured that there will be no changes to the menu or the recipes,” Neighbors said. “It will remain the same great food that Pete’s is known for.”

Lam will continue to pop in from time to time, a welcome addition, according to the new owners.

“Bob will still be around to guide us on this journey,” Neighbors said. “We also want to give a shout out to Steve’s Pappy, Ken Roberts, who has been very helpful cleaning up the outside for us.”

Pete’s will close temporarily beginning Dec. 21, to allow for some immediate upgrades to be completed, but Roberts and Neighbors vow that they will reopen as soon as possible and feature new hours.

In honor of Lam’s retirement, Pete’s offered a “Pete Bob” special of a cheeseburger deluxe, fries and a drink.

“He’s been called Bob and he’s been called Pete, so we decided to have a ‘Pete Bob’ special,” Gilliland said of her dad.

“Bob will still come hang out with us,” Neighbors said. “We are only going to change what we have to.”