The Pancake House restaurant in McCall, ID, will close

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McCall’s Pancake House is a longtime favorite.

If you’ve spent time in McCall’s, you’ve probably settled into a wooden cabin in the rustic Pancake House – and you may have waited in line to do so.

But locals and tourists will soon enjoy their last meals there.

The mountain town institution at 209 N. 3rd St. is closing.

“After 43 years, the time has come for George and I to retire,” owners Bonnie and George Bertram said in a “loyal customers” farewell in the (McCall) Star-News.

The Bertrams had hoped to find a buyer to keep The Pancake House alive, but without success. Instead, they “have entered into a contract with a buyer who wishes to use the building for a new purpose. This purpose has not been disclosed to us – or anyone else…”.

The Pancake House has been around to some degree since 1949, making it McCall’s oldest restaurant. In the early 2000s, the Bertrams bulldozed the old structure and replaced it with a massive lodge-style building. With an interior filled with exposed beams, it looked like a cathedral of comfort food.

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The mountain lodge vibe inside The Pancake House has helped make it a popular attraction. Statesman File

Skiers in the winter, boaters in the summer, and Boiseans heading out for a long weekend drive in the mountains couldn’t resist the urge to taste a familiar taste of McCall’s.

“It’s a party place,” the Idaho statesman observed in a 2004 review. many times.

“The restaurant bakes most of its own bread, including gigantic cinnamon rolls, buttermilk cookies and wheat bread. Each table receives a jar filled with freshly prepared salsa, the house condiment.

“Those potatoes” were a hearty stack of crispy hash browns, chopped bacon and melted cheddar cheese, served with two too-easy eggs and thick wheat toast. The fresh salsa played well with this dish. We left excited, like you’re supposed to be when you waddle out of The Pancake House.

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The Pancake House at McCall’s has been a familiar sight for decades. Statesman File

The Star-News announcement didn’t say when The Pancake House would close, but a McCall resident who posted a photo of the shutdown on Facebook said the last day would be Sunday. A phone call to the restaurant was not answered.

“Wow, what a trip it has been to own The Pancake House!” write the Bertrams. “…Rest assured that we will cherish your family memories as close to our hearts as we hold ours.”

Statesman staff contributed to this article.

This story was originally published December 3, 2021 12:16 p.m.

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Journalist and entertainment columnist Michael Deeds chronicles the good life in Boise: restaurants, concerts, culture, cool stuff. Acts came to fruition at the Idaho Statesman as an intern in 1991 before taking on roles such as sportswriter, editor and music critic. Over the years, his freelance work has spanned from writing album reviews for the Washington Post to hyping Boise in that airline magazine you left on the plane. Deeds holds a bachelor’s degree in editorial journalism from the University of Nebraska.

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