In fantastic breakfast news, Fort Worth's venerable 24-hour diner Ol' South Pancake House has opened a second location.
Following a successful test run over the weekend, they've officially opened on January 11 in Burleson, at 225 E. Renfro St., where they're currently open for breakfast and lunch until they get their bearings.
The space is a new build where they first broke ground in Febuary 2019, right by Old Town, which is being extensively developed, with new office and retail that includes a fourth location of Heim Barbecue.
"We are extremely grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response we have received from our community," says the Ol' South team. "It's been a long journey to get to the finish line and we can’t describe how excited we are to now be open to serve our guests."
Ol' South was founded in 1962 by late restaurateur David Benson and his sister Bette as a place for the family to enjoy Southern home-style cooking at any time of the day or night.
They've always been proud of the fact that, other than Christmas Eve, they never closed. Post-COVID-19, they were forced to change their hours; at the original location, their hours are currently Sunday-Wednesday from 6 am-10 pm, and 24-7 on the weekends from Thursday-Saturday.
As they ramp up in Burleson, their hours for the first few weeks will be 6 am-3 pm.
Their food is good quality, combining home-cooking and Southern dishes such as chicken-fried steak with their renowned breakfast offerings, for which they've won many an award. They're known for their German pancake, filled with fresh squeezed lemons, powdered sugar, and whipped butter, to which you can add toppings such as spiced apples, strawberries, and blueberries.
They're also a place where you can eat for under $10. Those affordable prices, plus their long hours and no-frills atmosphere, have made them one of the most customer-friendly restaurants in town. And the location of the Fort Worth restaurant — on University Boulevard near I-30 — makes them easily accessible to commuters, workers, TCU students, and night-owls, giving them an everyone-is-welcome vibe that's unique.
The Burleson location, right off I-35, seems more than likely to follow suit.