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December 4, 2013

Pancakes, and so much more

New family restaurant opens to big crowds, serves up huge menu.

Hungry, but not sure what kind of food you’re hungry for? Gabriel Ugalde said he has a solution: Come to his new restaurant, Gabriel’s Pancake House and Restaurant.

There you’ll find a five-page menu with just about any kind of dish you can imagine. There are burgers, steak and ribs. There are salads, stackers and wraps. Or you could go for some pasta, stir fry or fajitas.

And, of course, there’re pancakes. Lots of pancakes.

It’s a big menu for a new restaurant that’s just over two weeks old, but Ugalde said it’s what makes his family diner at 101 N. Broadway special.

“This is a full service restaurant with a full menu,” he said. “You can order a burger in the morning if you want, or eggs in the afternoon. We have a little something for everybody. That’s what makes us different and unique.”

The menu may set the eatery apart from other places in Peru. Ugalde said his restaurant offers by far the most food choices of any place in town, but, he said, his food philosophy isn’t anything special. It’s just common sense.

“We want to make this a place to go for families and friends that has a good atmosphere, good quality food and hometown hospitality,” he said. “When people come in, I want people to feel like they’re our guest.”

Gabriel’s Pancake House opened Nov. 18. The previous restaurant at the location, Day & Night, closed in June after operating for around a year.

Ugalde founded the first Gabriel’s Pancake House five years ago in Marion. When the old Day & Night building became available, he said he decided to take the leap and open a second branch of the restaurant in Peru.

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