In the early 1970's the Village of Hockessin was primarily a farming community. Seeing the potential, Dan Lickle purchased the old Hockessin supply company which sold hardware, grain and coal. The railroad tracks behind the building carried the coal … show more
In the early 1970's the Village of Hockessin was primarily a farming community. Seeing the potential, Dan Lickle purchased the old Hockessin supply company which sold hardware, grain and coal. The railroad tracks behind the building carried the coal cars, which were winched up to the second floor, where they then dumped the coal into the bins below. In 1977, Dan's wife, Missy, opened a small gift shop in two sections of the six bay coal bins. In 1980, Dan and Missy opened the Back Burner Restaurant, realizing that if people were going to travel to Hockessin to shop then they needed a place to eat. When the restaurant opened it started with serving lunches three days a week and conducting cooking classes two days. The lunches and cooking classes quickly became a local favorite. Chef Hebba Lund's menu consisted of American cuisine with a Scandinavian flair. The open kitchen and mirrored ceiling allowed the guests to observe the preparation and cooking.
In 1982, the Back Burner discontinued the cooking classes and began serving dinner. In 1990 the restaurant went non-smoking per Missy's request. The Back Burner was the first in the state to become completely smoke-free. Mostly all guests were happy with this decision. However, we continued to have one guest who kept his "hot" pipe in his vest pocket ready for puffing at any time. As a frequent guest the wait staff overlooked the occasional cloud of smoke surrounding his table.
In 2000 the restaurant moved to its present location. The kitchen, although not open, features windows for the guests to view the cooking of their food. The tavern has seating for fourteen at tables and another eight at the bar. The main dining room features both square and round tables, banquettes, and four booths. The fireplace room has seating for twenty at individual tables and can accommodate up to twenty for private dining as well.
Now in its 33rd year, The Back Burner is still a local favorite. Some folks travel to the...