Legend has it that an old prospector names Zeke made his fortune in the Big Alaskan Gold Strike of 1880. Like so many rugged adventurers he set out to strike it rich and enjoy a great new life of prosperity and happiness.
Prospectors were rough, tough people. They worked hard, endured hard ships and just like hard working people today, they knew how to enjoy good food.
Zeke was captivated by the hearty appetite of the rough, tough prospectors. “These guys could eat more than an army”, he once told his friends. Big flapjacks, scrambled eggs, hash browns potatoes and biscuits & gravy, not to mention pot after pot of hot, fresh-brewed coffee; sometime made over an open fire.
Zeke was so taken by the way these hearty men ate that he took part of his mining profits and opened a special “Eatin” Place. Naturally, he called it Zeke’s Place and with his mother’s recipe for sausage gravy he won the hearts of everyone in a hurry with his biscuits and gravy – and hot cakes… wow, bigger than a shovel and delicious too. He soon established a reputation that spread across the whole region.