I am pleased to be able to tell you, officially, that the owner of Hole in the Wall Café is opening a second location.

I spoke with Toni Burrows last week, and she is planning a restaurant called Cast Iron Skillet (does that sound like comfort food or what?) to be located in the former Backyard Burgers building.

Your first question, as an avid rumor seeker, should be, "Will there be a drive-through?" And the answer is yes.

The new restaurant’s motto is "Southern cooking in the fast lane," and Burrows said she hopes to reach out to the dinner crowd this time. The restaurant will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

She said everyone is in a hurry after work with meetings and children’s activities, but soon they will be able to choose a home-cooked meal with vegetables instead of getting fast food every time.

Burrows said everything served at Cast Iron Skillet will be mostly the same as the menu at Hole in the Wall Café, with a few exceptions.

First of all, she hopes to set it apart by adding a special new menu item – fried taco pies – which she says are incredibly delicious. Cast Iron Skillet will not have fried chicken on the bone, but it will have chicken fried steak sandwiches, chicken fried chicken sandwiches, grilled chicken salads, and all the favorites that have made Hole in the Wall beloved, including the desserts.

From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., the restaurant will offer a featured package of the day, including a meat, two sides, and cornbread or a roll for $6.50.

At the moment, Burrows said she is in the process of cleaning up the building, replacing old flooring and ceiling tiles, and painting. She hopes to be open by mid-February.


The big day is almost here. Sometimes I think we have so many celebrations and obligations that we actually miss Christmas while we’re in the midst of observing it. This year I wish you a day of peace and joy and many blessings in the new year to come.

(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to rachelpdickerson@gmail.com)