Heard on the Street: Pannekoeken to close, but will return
For the first time in 34 years, Rochester will soon be without the popular Dutch-flavored Pannekoeken restaurant.
The eatery known for its breakfasts and speciality pannekoeken pastries will close its doors on Nov. 11 inside the former Days Inn hotel at 6 First Ave. NW. It’s closing, because building owner Mark Kramer is preparing to demolish and redevelop the 98-year-old property.
However, the Med City might not be without Pannekoeken for very long.
Owner Tasos Psomas is planning for the future.
“We are absolutely going to re-open in downtown. We’re asking customers for suggestions for where they’d like us to move,” said Psomas sitting at the counter of Pannekoeken looking out the window at Center Street.
Pannekoeken has occupied that spot since 2006. It underwent a major renovation in 2012, following a devastating fire.
The original Rochester Pannekoeken was a free-standing restaurant at 1201 S. Broadway in front of the Crossroads Shopping Center. That one closed in 2011, after a 37 year run. Newt’s south location now stands in that spot.
Psomas has 30 to 35 employees on staff downtown. They are supportive of this transition, and he hopes to keep as many as possible employed as Pannekoeken lines up its new home, said Psomas.
A veteran of the Med City food service scene, he wistfully looks around Pannekoeken’s brightly colored dining room and says it has been his favorite restaurant.
“I guarantee we’re going to come back somewhere nearby,” said Psomas as a server made a traditional “Pannekoeken” call and hurried the Dutch pastry to a customer.