MUSCATINE, Iowa-For Bojamin “Boni” Akimoski, running the Muscatine Waffle & Pancake House feels like second nature. His parents operate the Muscatine Family Restaurant and his brothers own the Wilton Café and Arty’s Ice Cream & Grill in Wilton, so he has years of experience in the restaurant business. For the past several years, he has kept an eye on Riverside Restaurant, hoping to one day make it his own when the original owners retired. While Akimoski continues to use many of the traditional skills he learned from his family, he also makes the Waffle & Pancake House stand out by offering fresh creations that appeal to a younger crowd.
True to its name, the Muscatine Waffle & Pancake house specializes in homemade pancakes and waffles. However, the unique toppings Akimoski has developed make the waffles and pancakes they serve far from ordinary. Those looking to spice up a plain buttermilk waffle or pancake can do so with new favorites such as chicken and waffles, or pancakes with Nutella, or peanut butter and jelly. Weekly specials, such as Reeses Pieces or peaches and cream waffles give people a great reason to stop in and see what’s new whenever they crave a breakfast treat.
For those looking for other tasty food, the Waffle & Pancake House also cooks up delicious French toast, omelets, and skillets, and serves lunch as well. To expand their offerings to appeal to even more people, the Waffle & Pancake house has started carrying baked goods from Tiffany’s Tipton Bakery, including their famous crescents. They also plan to add espresso and energy drinks to their menu.
To get the word out about all their tasty eats and fun promotions, the Muscatine Waffle & Pancake House regularly posts to Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, and their website. To give fans a true view of what they do, the Waffle & Pancake House regularly puts out videos of the specials as well. “I try to use creative ways to get the younger generation in,” explained Alimoski. Of course, those wanting to find out about the week’s specials the old fashioned way can do so by stopping into the Waffle & Pancake House anytime between 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
A natural people person, Akimoski has enjoyed growing the Muscatine Waffle & Pancake house and getting to know its customers. “We have regulars who come in from here and the Family Restaurant,” he shared. “We wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t for the customers.”
As the Muscatine Waffle & Pancake House continues to establish itself as one of the great breakfast spots in Muscatine, they have joined the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry to help spread the word even further. “With the Chamber behind us, it’s another push,” said Akimoski. “Everyone there is very helpful, and they’re only a phone call or email away.”
Akimoski also hopes to partner with the Chamber in future initiatives to grow tourism in downtown Muscatine, attracting more people to this historic spot. “Especially in downtown, they help us and we help them,” he emphasized.