Salem Times Register

Saving The Pancake House


Photos by Meg Hibbert

Regular customers Dan and Judy Kaufman eat breakfast and dinner every day at The Pancake House. It’s the friendliness of the staff, as well as specials like a half order of sausage gravy and one egg for $3.59 that keeps customers coming back.
The Pancake House servers Patricia Doss, Tosha Rowlett, Aurora Stevens and Jessica Aspell get ready for the next rush. Behind them is General Manager Dave Aspell.

It’s the kind of place where the waitresses call you “Honey,” know your favorite booth, how you like your eggs and the way you take your coffee.

For more than 54 years, The Pancake House in Salem has been a place to get sausage gravy biscuits and eggs, homemade meatloaf and other specials of the day, to catch up on the news and above all, see friends.

For a while this year, it looked as though the red neon sign on the diner-style restaurant on Apperson Drive next to Lee-Hi Lanes might go dark. Sagging revenues, disappointed customers and staffing problems plagued the restaurant.

But now like the banner sign owners Tom Stover and Tim Bailey hung outside…

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