By Ron Matz

WAVERLY, Md. (WJZ) –More than 50 years of delicious pancakes, omelets and much more, Pete’s Grille in Waverly is a Baltimore institution.

Ron Matz reports the popular restaurant was honored today as one of the most successful small businesses in Maryland.

You’ll always find a lot of company at Pete’s Grille.

This Waverly hotspot is known for its omelets and this signature breakfast dish — blueberry pancakes.

Now State Comptroller Peter Franchot is recognizing this legendary eatery for a half a century of success.

“The cornerstone of the state’s economy are small businesses like Pete’s Grille,” Franchot said. “I want to thank you for your hard work and customer service your employees represent.”

Pete ‘s has been a fixture at 32nd and Greenmount for more than 50 years. Dave Stahl became the owner 11 years ago and says Pete’s is all about the people.

“I enjoy the customers, the people,” Stahl said. “Your build personal relationships. That’s what makes it worthwhile. I enjoy what I’m doing. I expect to be doing it for quite some time.”

Pete’s Grille is open seven days a week and with just seven employees it’s the perfect example of a successful small business in Baltimore.

“I love the spirit of this place, I love Baltimore and I love the grit and the friendliness of this small restaurant,” Franchot added.

Stahl said it was unexpected, but that it’s an honor.

“I want to acknowledge the people who were here more than 30 years before I arrived. They deserve some credit too,” he added. “I think most of the credit needs to go to my staff.”

Pete’s is also famous for its pancake eating contest, which is held each November.

According to the Associated Press, the institution is a favorite of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, too.

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