|Location||2805 West Cervantes Street|
|Hours of Operation|| Su-Th: 6:00 AM-2:00 PM|
F-Sa: 6:00 AM-2:00 PM, 4:30 PM-9:00 PM
|Phone number||(850) 432-8388|
Oscar's Restaurant is a Brownsville eatery located at 2805 West Cervantes Street. It was opened in the early 1940s as the Brownsville Restaurant by Oscar Woerner. It was soon renamed Oscar's for Woerner, whose pancakes earned him the moniker "hot cake king." The restaurant was purchased in 1980 by Helen Rollo, who sold the business in September of 2015 to the Ashcraft family. The Ashcraft's are now trying to restore the restaurant to what it may have looked like back in 1946.
The restaurant seats up to 300 in the main dining room. The décor is dominated by a large mural on the eastern wall depicting what Joe Patti's looked like many years ago. The exterior has been recently repainted and old world style decals added to the exterior windows on the front of the building subtly giving a design cue of what direction the renovations are going.
On February 15, 1978, shortly after 1 a.m., Pensacola Police Officer David Lee apprehended serial killer Ted Bundy after seeing his orange Volkswagen bug emerging from the alleyway behind the restaurant. Lee knew what most of the employees drove and was suspicious of the late hour; when he called to check on the license plate, it was reported stolen. The incident is referenced in the song "Board of Tourism" by This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb: "Ted Bundy was caught behind the hot cake king / He had a busted head light behind the hot cake king."
Menu & prices
- Breakfast buffet (Thursday Thur Sunday): $7.95
- Entrees: $5.95 - $9.95
- Sandwiches: $2.10 - $6.95
- Seafood: $6.95 - $11.95
- Children's menu (younger than 12) available
Buffet Sunday - Saturday - $7.99 Sunday buffet - $9.95
- Ann Rule. The Stranger Beside Me, page 274.