Ft. Worth staple Ol’ South headed to Burleson
Pancake lovers, rejoice! Fort Worth eatery staple Ol’ South is coming to Burleson in 2019.
Ol’ South owner Rex Benson confirmed to the Star that a 5,000 square-foot restaurant will open next year in Old Town Station.
This isn’t the first time the iconic restaurant has expanded, but it is the only additional restaurant to be added in recent history.
“Historically, we had other restaurants,” Benson said. “My father started the restaurant in the 60’s and there were multiple locations around Fort Worth up until 30 years ago. We’ve had the one location off of University Drive in Fort Worth for a long time.”
Ol’ South is famous for their fluffy buttermilk pancakes and unique German pancakes, filled with freshly squeezed lemons, powdered sugar, and whipped butter. The robust menu also features classic breakfast items such as eggs benedict, breakfast skillets and omelets. You can even order a dinner plate of hand-battered chicken fried steak, smothered in cream gravy.
Benson said the move to Burleson seemed like a natural choice to make.
“Burleson is such a good location and town,” he said. “We have some close friends who are from that area and I’ve always seen Burleson as a great opportunity, just because of the growth that it’s been enjoying recently. There is just a lot of good synergy in the city.”
The new restaurant will seat about 250-265 people, Benson said, and the menu items will all be the same.
“We will work diligently and tirelessly to create an almost exact replication of the original restaurant,” he said. “The one benefit and difference of the new place will be the breakfast patio. It will be heated and cooled seasonally.”
Economic developer for the City of Burleson Alex Philips stated that the additional location of Ol’ South - and their choice of where to move - speaks volumes for the city.
“Having that type of iconic restaurant that has been in Fort Worth since the early 60’s and then choosing Burleson to have their modern expansion tells you what type of community we are,” he said. “It opens peoples eyes that Burleson is not just a sleepy bedroom community anymore. It’s packed full of people and small businesses that can have success here because of the citizens’ support for these businesses.”
The restaurant will open in 2019 but Benson is excited for what the future holds for Ol’ South, as well as the city.
“The people and city of Burleson have been great already and we are excited to come down there and be a strong pillar of the community,” he said.