Nick Mehmeti became the owner of Sneaky Pete’s after he lost a bet rolling dice 22 years ago.
The establishment has been open for 38 years and was initially opened by Earl Adams.
Adams wanted Mehmeti to go into business with him, but the two could not see eye to eye on the price, Mehmeti said. The two decided the half-a-million-dollar difference in opinion would be settled with dice. The high roller’s price would stand.
Mehmeti rolled a four—two twos. Adams rolled a four and a two.
“Best roll of my life,” Mehmeti said about getting the low roll and losing the bet. “I lost, and I’m excited because I got the place, though for half a million dollars more.”Earl and his wife have since died, but the family has a representative for them in the business with Mehmeti.
Sneaky Pete’s is nestled on the bank of Lewisville Lake next to Eagle Point Marina. The marina, lake and general boat traffic are large economic drivers for the restaurant, Mehmeti said.
On an April Friday night, the inside of the restaurant was quiet, but the porch bustled with diners and servers.
The back patio has dozens of tables for meals, a swimming pool and a gazebo overlooking the lake. Musicians regularly play at the restaurant.Mehmeti first discovered Sneaky Pete’s as a patron. He was in a boat on the water and saw the restaurant. There had to be about a thousand people, Mehmeti said about the summer bustle of Sneaky Pete’s.
“‘Oh, this place is a fun and happening place,”’ he said about seeing the restaurant. “There were lots of happy people. I fell in love with the place.”
It was months later that Mehmeti went into business with Adams. Now, Mehmeti’s family joined him in operating the business.
“It found me,” he said.
Live Event Schedule
15 Matt Brooks Band, 2 p.m.
22 Pool Deck Party with live DJ, 3 p.m.
26 Trivia with live DJ, 7:30 p.m.
30 Matt Brooks Band, 2 p.m.
02 Trivia with live DJ, 7:30 p.m.
09 Trivia with live DJ, 7:30 p.m.
12 Matt Brooks Band, 2 p.m.
2 Eagle Point Road, Lewisville
Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.,
Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.