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Eatbeat: The Wake ‘n Bak’n Café offers variety of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner

There’s a new owner and new staff at what used to be the Northside Café on Gateway Drive. The restaurant was closed for several weeks and is now running again as the Wake’n Bak’n Café. Service is good. The staff seems ready and waiting.

Marilyn Hagerty
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GRAND FORKS — With friends on a Sunday morning, I found my way back to the large restaurant at 3450 Gateway Drive for breakfast. It seemed much the same as it had been.

And the former owners have moved into a restaurant near the UND hockey center after several years on Gateway.

At the suggestion of Matt Dunlevy, we found our way to the north end location and a booth in the large restaurant. There is room for seating 210. And there is a pleasant room for private gatherings.

The restaurant is one of the largest in the area and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It draws coffee customers in between those times.

Joe Bushaw operates the restaurant. And he also operates Joe’s Diner in East Grand Forks and a restaurant at Webster, S.D.

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The Wake ‘n Bak ‘n Café has an extensive breakfast menu and a complete lunch menu. There are appetizers including pretzel bites served with cheese sauce. There are 11 versions of burgers including one called the Crypt. It is described a two-beef patties sandwiched between three slices of toast, topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato and bacon ($17.49).

Along with burger choices, there are 10 sandwiches featured on the menu. There’s a Chris P. Bacon Lettuce Tomato ($9.99) sandwich on white bread. There are specials such as a Chicken & Gravy Bowl ($12.50). It is described as mashed potatoes, covered in rich gravy, topped with cream corn, chicken and cheese and a dinner roll.

There are free refills on $2 orders for pop. Milk or chocolate milk is featured at $3. And among the specials, there is a chicken and gravy bowl for $12.50.

The restaurant has in the past served as a meeting place for coffee drinkers. And it has had lunch customers often on limited time.

After two months of ownership, Bushaw says business has been “pretty good.”

Friend Matt and his girlfriend Ani (cq) were well satisfied with the breakfast of eggs benedict and pancakes with chocolate chips. They could ask for nothing more on a Sunday morning.

The Wake ‘n Bak’n Café

3450 Gateway Drive
Telephone: 218-289 4765
Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Owner-operator: Joe Bushaw

Report card: There’s a new owner and new staff at what used to be the Northside Café on Gateway Drive. The restaurant was closed for several weeks and is now running again as the Wake’n Bak’n Café. Service is good. The staff seems ready and waiting.

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