There’s seating for 200 and a menu that ranges from all day breakfasts to lunch specials and full blown dinners at Perkins.

The large restaurant across from Altru hospital on Columbia Road draws a wide array of customers -- especially on Sunday mornings when after-church customers gather in a well-organized wait reception area.

In these days of coronavirus precautions, the restaurant can do curbside or pickup delivery.

On week days in traditional times, there have been regular coffee gatherings.

The dinner hour starts early at Perkins. There are choices of turkey, sirloin steak, salmon and a classic pot roast. For some customers, it’s more like supper time.

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On a recent late afternoon visit to Perkins, I looked at the vast array of pies. And something within me said no-no. Instead, I chose a turkey BLT ($11.29). As I finished the sandwich, I was well pleased.

Several early dinners were being served along with some late afternoon pie and coffee orders.

That is the draw for Perkins. The menu is geared for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then there are choices in between.

It often attracts customers who are visiting at the hospital across Columbia Road. It is appealing to people of all ages – including UND students.

The restaurant has been owned and operated by Tim Brandt since 1980. Convenient parking is a draw – especially during a long, icy winter.

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Where: 1305 S. Columbia Road

Telephone: 746-0493

Owner: Tim Brandt

Assistant manager: Courtney Brandt

Kitchen manager: Randy McWilliams

Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

Report card: One of the largest area restaurants serving every day foods ranging from bacon and eggs to salads and full blown dinners. Pies are a specialty. All but one of the servers were wearing masks in the effort to prevent a spread of coronavirus. The restaurant does an overall good job of leaving space between tables and spreading customers out.

Reach Marilyn Hagerty at or by telephone at (701) 772-1055.