After about two months of planning, the Train Station Pancake House celebrated its grand opening on Sept. 21.
The restaurant, which is at the corner of McClure and 4th street, will be taking the place of the departed Train Station Café that left town in 2019.
Brothers Hector and Efrain Perez own the restaurant. The two first saw the opportunity to bring a restaurant to town in December and have been working on preparing for opening day since then. This is not the first time that the two have owned a restaurant, but what appealed most to them about starting their own restaurants was the ability to be their own boss.
“I was working for someone else before this,” said Efrain Perez. “It was working for someone else, why not for myself?”
As far as opening a new restaurant during a pandemic, it presented some unique challenges, but the main focus for Perez was being able to get customers to give the restaurant a try and to serve them as safely as possible.”
“The main thing is just trying to get some customers, and try to do our best to serve them. That’s a big challenge,” Perez said.
The restaurant is called a pancake house, but there is far more to the menu than just pancakes. Anything from skillets and omelets to sandwiches and yes, pancakes are available for customers looking for breakfast. When asked why they chose to focus on breakfast food, Perez said it was a simple choice.
“Everybody, it doesn’t matter if it’s in the morning, afternoon or supper they like breakfast,” Perez said. “So, I think it’s not hard to make it and we can take care of all day. Pancake houses are popular. I think everyone will like it.”
As for what Perez has to say to anyone who might want to come to give their new restaurant a visit, it will be worth the time.
“I would say if you haven’t been here before, come give it a shot, you won’t be disappointed,” Perez said. “We used to have a pancake house in town, and we have similar stuff, just come give us a try. You won’t be disappointed. I promise.”
The current hours are 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.