Burger & Pancake House offers a 7-day dining option in Palmetto

A new restaurant has opened where the Kostas Family Restaurant used to be, and most of what you need to know about Burger & Pancake House is in its name.

Breakfast is served all day, seven days a week at 1631 Eighth Ave. W., a place with a long tradition of catering.

Owner Ismail Ilhan, 49, opened Burger & Pancake House in November but cleverly kept the most popular menu items offered by former owner Linda Erwin, who operated the 100-seat restaurant as Kostas Family Restaurant.

“I watched the restaurant run for about a month and kept about 25% of the favorites on Linda’s menu. She didn’t have breakfast and we want to sell breakfast,” Ilhan said.

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12/28/2021– Ismail Ilhan, 49, opened Burger & Pancake House in November at 1631 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto. James A. Jones Jr. [email protected]

In addition to Kostas, other previous occupants of the dining space have included Kojak’s Palmetto Ribhouse, Clock Restaurant and Hubba Hubba Drive-in.

Ilhan is a 15-year veteran in the restaurant business and has previously owned restaurants in the St. Louis area.

Many of Linda Erwin’s staff have remained with the change in ownership, including waitress Shelby Sewell, 23, a 2016 graduate of Bradenton Christian School.

“I like my regulars and getting to know them well. We are like family and their drink will be waiting for them when they arrive,” Sewell said.

This small-town feeling, along with the restaurant’s location on the main street of Palmetto and its large parking lot, is what drew Ilhan to the business, rather than seeking dining space in a larger city.

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Ismail Ilhan, 49, opened Burger & Pancake House in November at 1631 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto. photo provided

“My small town friends seemed happier than me working in a big city,” he said.

Also, Ilhan had some familiarity with the Bradenton area before moving here.

“We come here for vacation every year. We were going to Bradenton, Sarasota and the beaches. This is my semi-retirement restaurant,” he said.

“We want guests to come and give us a try. If you like us, tell your friends,” he said.

Menu options

The menu features omelettes, country skillets, pancakes, French toast and a variety of breakfast specials.

And then there are the hamburgers, grilled the way the customer does and served on toasted bread with a choice of fries, onion straws or garden salad.

To complete the picture, the restaurant offers salads, sandwiches, lunch platters, evening dishes and Italian dishes.

Burger prices start at $7.95. Sandwiches and meal trays start at $9.50.

Dinner entrees, including traditional American comfort food such as fried chicken, liver and onions, pork chops, meatloaf, country fried steak and fried fish, start at $11.50 .

Burger & Pancake House is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

For more information, visit https://www.burgerandpancakehouse.com/ or call 941-479-4914.

This story was originally published December 29, 2021 11:34 a.m.

James A. Jones Jr. covers business news for the Bradenton Herald. Enlisted in the army in 1966, he served in the Vietnam War as a signals officer. He is the author of “Oh, Darling!” Choice and struggle in the age of Sputnik, the Vietnam War and the new millennium.
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