Peter Paine, a Tahoe legend, passed away last week. Peter was a co-founder of the popular Pete ‘n Peters bar in Tahoe City, CA along with his business partner Pete Perta.
Peter was working both as an instructor and marketing liaison for owner Alex Cushing at Squaw Valley in 1958 when he met Pete, a bellboy at Squaw Valley lodge. The pair opened Pete n’ Peters in 1976.
It is with great sadness that we have learned about the recent passing of Peter Paine. Peter was a well-known figure in the North Tahoe community and co-founder of Pete N’ Peters in Tahoe City. While working at Squaw Valley in 1958 as an instructor and marketing liaison for owner Alex Cushing. Peter met his future business partner, Pete Perta, who was working as a bellboy at the Squaw Valley Lodge. They forged a life-long friendship and opened up PnPs in 1976. The bar became the social hub of North Lake Tahoe and the headquarters for summer softball teams. Peter will forever be remembered for his charm, graciousness and flair for story-telling. May he RIP. A celebration of his life is being planned for a future date. Shown here are current PnPs owner Johnny B Good, Peter Paine, Pete Perata and Johnny Rauscher, owner of Za’s restaurant which used to be behind PnPs.
A Facebook post announcing his passing was inundated with messages and memories of Peter, and the impact he had on people’s lives.
Tahoe City will never be the same without Peter Paine. He was an icon to the community, helping in anyway he could.
– Facebook comment
Pete ‘n Peters is one of the more consistently happening bars in Tahoe City. Located a step or two off the beaten path, to the rear of the parking lot that it shares with Wanda’s Flower Shop, Pete ‘n Peters’ slightly hidden location does not at all take away from its popularity. A true sports bar at heart, it is adorned with a fair share of giant TVs as well as pool tables, dartboards, and shuffleboards. During football season almost every night of the week is host to a festivity that appreciates an aspect of the game. Pete ‘n Peters is also connected to Pepper’s Taqueria, which offers soft tacos, quesadillas, burrito bowls, and a tri-tip sandwich.