BUFFALO GAP, Texas -

A well-known Big Country man is quickly becoming a well-known Texan.

Texas Highways Magazine just named eight to their "Extraordinary Texans" list.  Buffalo Gap's own Tom Perini was named as one of the eight.

Perini is the owner of the successful Perini Ranch Steakhouse, just southwest of the town of Buffalo Gap.

Perini opened the restaurant in 1983 and has seen it grow in both size and popularity ever since.  The restaurant's reputation was certainly helped when then President George W. Bush chose Perini to cater many of his events.