Joan and Peter have been in San Juan Bautista since 1980. They started out at 11 Franklin St, opening up as a German restaurant in a cottage overlooking the beautiful San Juan Valley. They spent 3 years there before moving to their present location in downtown. The first 10 years, Joan and Peter’s was known as The Donkey Deli but as time went on the deli food faded out and gave way to the German dinners that they are known for today
Peter is an immigrant from Germany. He came to the United States in 1961 and for the most part has been working as a chef for the Hyatt Corporation for the years preceding the opening of the couples own restaurant. He notably was executive chef of the Hyatt in Des Moines, Iowa and the Hyatt House on First St in San Jose for 17 years. Born and trained as a cook in Germany he has the expertise to do German food the old fashioned way. His experience as a Chef in the Hyatt Corporation familiarized him with the culinary arts from a wide spectrum of food tastes, as the customer who visits Joan and Peter’s will quickly realize that he does everything well. JOAN AND PETER ARE NOW RETIRED. JOAN IS STILL BAKING STOLLEN UNDER THE JOAN AND PETER'S GERMAN RESTAURANT LABEL. VISIT THE BEAR'S HIDEAWAY IN SAN JUAN BAUTISTA TO PURCHASE IT!!
Owners, Joan & Peter Lottermoser enjoying the Oktoberfest
Joan is the native Californian in the family. She grew up in Santa Rosa and graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College. More into liberal arts than restaurant business, she had no idea at the start that she would end up managing a restaurant. However, her love of writing came in handy at their small business and also a few accounting courses. Joan also loves to bake and makes the dinner bread (a hearty German type). Also she makes German Stollen with Marzipan and Rum. It has become very popular through the Holidays. She also took over the baking of the apple strudel a few years back. Although she has no German background she speaks and writes German fluently.
Joan and Peter have three grown children and are looking forward to a partial retirement in the next few years. They would like to continue to share their interests of cooking, baking , to which they have devoted a page of their website. They hope you will continue to refer to this website as it evolves with them and perhaps moves into other endeavors. As of the end of 2009 they are still at the present address and will probably remain on a month to month basis. At the time of this writing, they are remaining and you can continue to enjoy your favorite german dish for the foreseeable future. We are pleased to impart this information to you and hope that you will visit us soon. New customers and old!! All are welcome!!