Welcome to the Back Burner

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 they needed a place to eat. When the restaurant opened it started it served lunches three days a week and conducted 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 Back Burner was the first in the state to become completely smoke free. Most 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 22 at tables and another 8 at the bar. The main dining room features both square and round tables, banquettes, and a few booths. The fireplace room has seating for 28 at individual tables and can accommodate up to 35 for private dining.

Now more than 31 years later, The Back Burner is still a local favorite. People travel to the restaurant just to have the famous Pumpkin Mushroom Soup and Mideast Flatbread. While the menu changes frequently it has taken a new approach to food while keeping the old favorites.

 On Saturday October 29th 2016

The Back Burner Restaurant will be Closed due to a Private Event

We will Re-Open at 4:00pm for Dinner


Join us on Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 24th 1pm to 6pm

- Thanksgiving menu -



 Restaurant & Tavern

Hours of Operation:

 Monday - Saturday

Lunch is served from 11:00am-3:00pm

Dinner is served from 3:00pm-9:00pm

 Our Tavern is open nightly until 10:00pm


The Back Burner Restaurant is not open for service on Sunday


  The Back Burner TO GO SHOP  

Hours of Operation

 Mon-Sat  9:30 am - 7pm 

 Sun    11:00 am - 4pm

 (302) 239-2732




Come Join Us for Cocktails, Dinner and Live Music on October 28th

Performed by David Carson

6pm to 8pm


Chef's 3 Course Tasting

At The Back Burner

Every Thursday

 $ 35.00 per person





Famous Lobster Night

Every Thursday & Friday Night 

$ 19.95



Reservations are not required, but always suggested to ensure you receive the table you desire.

 Call  302-239-2314