Millbrae Pancake House, 61 and over, is temporarily closing

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The Millbrae Pancake House, a landmark on the peninsula for 61 years, is on hiatus and will resume operations when the pandemic business environment improves.

The owners made the announcement on their website, noting that they have remained open for the first eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the challenges of doing so, and have served around 200,000 meals this year.

All without any reported coronavirus cases, they said.

However, the family said, “Attempting to run this business at reduced capacity has proven to be inadequate. The restaurant is designed to operate at full capacity.

Restaurants in San Mateo County had been allowed to serve diners indoors for several months, but a growing number of cases now mean only outside service and take-out are allowed.

The creperie first opened in El Camino Real on Mother’s Day in 1959 and, with the exception of Christmas holidays, has served continuously since then.

“Closing this historic business for any period will certainly cause a lot of heartache and sadness in the community,” they wrote. “However, the biggest impact will certainly be the 44 Millbrae Pancake House employees who are facing layoffs right now. The oldest member of staff has been employed at the restaurant for over 53 years.

The announcement ends on a positive note:

“The family and staff of Millbrae Pancake House are a resilient group and it is with great certainty that the doors will open again in 2021.”

Details: 1301 El Camino Real, Millbrae; www.millbraepancake.com


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