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In the Netherlands they are everywhere: Pancake restaurants aiming for the family lunch or diner. I was curious if this is a worldwide restaurant type and to my surprise it is! I found an article on https://adoc.pub/profiel-van-de-pannenkoekenrestaurant-markt.html . It says thate there are several pancake brands worldwide:

-www.ihop.com  IHOP IHOP is a major American franchise chain with locations in the Americas, Canada, Mexico, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico of pancake restaurants, with a total of 1,461 locations. The chain was founded in 1958.

-Quick crepes Quick crepes is a catering company for pancakes at festivals and events in Great Britain. The chain was founded in 1989. The pancakes are served from mobile catering trucks.

 www.dedutch.com www.thecrepecafe.com De Dutch De Dutch is a Canadian franchise chain with approximately 20 pancake restaurants. During breakfast, brunch and lunch, typical Dutch pancakes are sold in 50 variations, but also Dutch toast or French toast. The first branch was opened in 1975 by a Dutch emigrant.

-The Crêpe Café The Crêpe Café is a fast-service concept with locations in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, East and North Africa and in the United States. The cafes sell crepes, pancakes and waffles. The chain was founded in 2001 in Australia and quickly became one of the fastest growing franchise concepts.

-Crazy Crepes Crazy crêpes is a fast service franchise chain that mainly has branches in Asia. In total, there are more than 100 outlets in shopping centers in Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, China, Australia and America that sell pancakes. Two to three locations are added every month.

-Slappy Cake in Portland, Oregon, America is a new concept. It is a breakfast and lunch concept with the option of baking and composing a pancake yourself at the table. www.slappycakes.com - Pancake House Founded in 1952, Pancake House is a chain of pancake restaurants in the United States with more than 100 locations.

-Roule Galette The first fast service creperie in France, Paris. Roule Galette currently has three branches. The chain has given France's most classic dish a trendy look. Prices range from € 3.50 to € 5.90. The concept focuses on take-away, but the crêpes can also be enjoyed in the restaurant area.

 

Because the pancake is made from neutral ingredients, it can be used in many ways. Every country worldwide has its own 'pancake'. A few examples:

-Blini (Russia) A chic pancake often served with a savory filling, such as caviar.

-Palatschinken (Austria) Pancakes filled with raisins, jam, chocolate sauce or hazelnuts.

-Mee Chian Kuih (Chinese) A pancake-like snack filled with ground peanuts, sweetened coconut or red bean paste.

-Palacsinta (Hungary) Pancake filled with meat and onions and sold on the street as a snack.

-Dosa (India) Spicy pancakes made from lentils and filled with a vegetable curry. A variant is the Pooda which is sweet or salty.

-Injera (Ethiopia) Made from water and teff, a local grain, it has a sour taste and is served with a mixture of spicy herbs.

-Kue serabi (Indonesia) A pancake made from rice flour and coconut milk

-Roti (Suriname) An unsweetened bread pancake that originally comes from the Hindu community. They are often flat and unleavened breads with fillings such as meat and potatoes.

 

I don't have any idea yet what direction this category should take; independent pancake restaurants or pancakes: regional chains but I still wanted to post the idea here.

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8 hours ago, Becktracker said:

-Quick crepes Quick crepes is a catering company for pancakes at festivals and events in Great Britain.

 

Crepes and Waffles are slowly catching on in the UK. (as a permanent establishment)

Anything 'at festivals' is only going to be available for 2 to 4 days a year... You Waymark it, no one can Visit it until next year - if the company do the festival again!

 

If this is a category, having the variable Chain/Independent is probably the way to go.

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There are pancakes and waffles shops in Austria too, and although they are vanishing again already, I would like to mention the Bubble Waffle shops, that used to be popular for a while (like the Bubble Tea shops). But there are definitely more permanent shops that I know of. Unfortunately, our favorite pancake shop in Vienna closed a few years ago (before the Pandemic). :( However, I think it will be difficult to create that category, for it is a commercial one. But aside from that, I'm for it. 

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Sounds like a category that could fill a niche. There are also some (but not that many as in the last decade) of the pancake shops / houses in Germany. Most of them are independent restaurants that serve mainly pancakes and are opened around noon and in the evening - so they won't fit into the "Independent breakfast spots" category. I'd suggest that the category should accept these independent restaurants and also some regional / small chains (with a variable as Bear and Ragged suggested), IHOP restaurants should be explicitly excluded.

 

5 hours ago, PISA-caching said:

However, I think it will be difficult to create that category, for it is a commercial one.

Um ... all the entries in the "Business" department are considered commercial. So I see less difficulties in creating the category. I see more difficulties in creating the description so that it would be accepted from the majority of the other waymarkers - there are many things to consider and I'd suggest to post the description here and discuss the controversial topics before giving the category to peer review.

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14 hours ago, FamilieFrohne said:

Sounds like a category that could fill a niche. There are also some (but not that many as in the last decade) of the pancake shops / houses in Germany. Most of them are independent restaurants that serve mainly pancakes and are opened around noon and in the evening - so they won't fit into the "Independent breakfast spots" category. I'd suggest that the category should accept these independent restaurants and also some regional / small chains (with a variable as Bear and Ragged suggested), IHOP restaurants should be explicitly excluded.

 

Um ... all the entries in the "Business" department are considered commercial. So I see less difficulties in creating the category. I see more difficulties in creating the description so that it would be accepted from the majority of the other waymarkers - there are many things to consider and I'd suggest to post the description here and discuss the controversial topics before giving the category to peer review.

My thoughts exactly. Every time I picture such a restaurant I'm forced to post it in the independent diners category because the pancake restaurant doesn't exist yet and they aren't open for breakfast.

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Whoaaaa! Here's a "Blast From the Past":

Long ago, in another life and another place I, and a crew with whom I then worked, would begin each and every workday with a breakfast stop at the nearest Phil’s Pancake House, a chain now known simply as Phil’s Restaurants. Every morning, without fail, I would order ham, eggs and buttermilk pancakes. With a dab of unmelted, whipped butter atop each bite they were just HEAVENLY. Couldn't get enough of them.

 

That particular outlet still stands at the same location, today probably serving its twelve trillionth pancake.

 

Even longer ago and in yet another place:

There was once a Smitty's Pancakes in Banff, though it seems it's now gone. An old school friend got a job as a cook in the kitchen of said Smitty's so, once 3 or four of us stopped in to have breakfast when he was at work. Apparently he had seen us enter, as what followed couldn't have been anything but intentional. To date it remains the only time I have been insulted via my food by the cook who prepared it. ROTFLMAO

 

Myself and, if I recall correctly, at least one other of the group ordered "French" pancakes, crepes topped with strawberries and whipped cream. When they arrived the waitress told us to "Read between the lines.", or something similar. We soon found ourselves ROTFLMAOing at what he'd done. With the whipped cream he had written A** HOLE on each order!!!

 

All that aside I, too, would not be offended if such a category were to find its way into the master category list!

Keith

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