If you live in Burleson, by this time next year, you won't have to drive as far to satisfy a craving for Dutch Babies.
Ol' South Pancake House, the more than 50-year-old institution on University Drive in Fort Worth, plans a Burleson location, set to open in 2019.
Owner Rex Benson says in a text that the lease is signed for a 260-seat restaurant next to the Burleson location of Rio Mambo, which is at 295 E. Renfro St.
The Burleson Ol' South will have something that the Fort Worth one doesn't: a patio. Benson says that it will be ready sometime in mid-2019.
Unlike the Fort Worth location, which is open 24-7 and only rarely closes, the Burleson one will be open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, Benson says. They'll see how those hours go before making any adjustments.
The Fort Worth location draws an eclectic crowd, especially in the overnight hours, and was a favorite of classical pianist Van Cliburn, who came in one night looking for a quiet table and generously tipped the waitress who served him for years.
The restaurant is known for its German pancakes, which are filled with fresh squeezed lemons and covered in powdered sugar and whipped butter, and for its Dutch Babies, a smaller version of the German pancakes. A couple of years ago, a Dutch Babies sampler, featuring mini-versions of the Dutch Babies (in original, blueberry, strawberry and apple flavors) was introduced.
Other favorites include hand-breaded chicken tenders and chicken-fried steak.
The Burleson location will be the first additional Ol' South in nearly 20 years. A Haltom City location was purchased and renamed by a longtime manager in 2001; it has since closed. A Lancaster Avenue location that opened in 1962, the same year as the original, has long been closed as well.