Skinny Pancake gets a warm welcome in downtown Albany
ALBANIA – The skinny pancake, a mission-driven restaurant with a focus on local cuisine, received a warm welcome to its new location at 1 Steuben Street, Albany on March 10. Joining CEO and Co-Founder Benjy Adler and Albany Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) Executive Director Georgette Steffens to celebrate The Skinny Pancake at their new location were Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Senior Policy Analyst Lucas Rogers, Redburn Development Partners Director Jeff Buell and Capital Region Chamber President and CEO Mark Eagan.
The opening of the downtown Albany location, the company’s first in New York, comes nearly 20 years after The Skinny Pancake began as a food truck that brothers Benjy and Jonny Adler owned. themselves built. Opening inside the Kenmore Building, the catalyst for the downtown location came after their appearance at a local event in 2019, when Eagan recognized a natural pairing between the Vermont-based creperie and what Redburn Development was considering for the downtown historic property.
With the owners convinced of both Buell’s shared vision for the 3,200 square foot space and the development of the building into a commercial and residential center, the lease was signed and construction began to build a restaurant where, according to Adler, people would come in. and feel instantly at ease. Following all the work, patrons of The Skinny Pancake were greeted by a dining area consisting of tables and chairs along the walls and a seating area in the center of the room. The space is embellished with paintings by local artists, a chandelier made from a nearly 100-year-old wagon wheel and a cast-iron stove inscribed with a farmhouse’s ‘Happy Thought’ du Vermont which also serves as a café-bar.
Pancakes, salads and burgers, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, are served at The Skinny Pancake, with the launch of All Day Burrito and Everything But The Bagel Crepe with the opening of the new location. Downtown diner favorites, according to Adler, are Johnny Crepe (Maple BBQ Pulled Pork, Maple BBQ Sauce, Caramelized Onions and Cabot Cheddar in a Cornmeal Pancake) and Pesto with chicken and cheese (roasted chicken, homemade pesto, caramelized onion sauce, VT mozzarella and Cabot cheddar). Guests can pair their meals with coffee, teas, sodas, beer, wine, and cocktails.
Skinny Pancake’s expansion wasn’t limited to expanding its footprint to include both Green Mountain and Empire states. Downtown customers sample flavors from local vendors including Highland Hollow Farm, Halo Wholesale, Indian Ladder Farm, Stacks Espresso Bar, Yesfolk Tonics and Wild Hill Maple.
Their mission to build a safer, healthier and more delicious food basin while working with communities in a way that goes beyond a transactional relationship typically associated with the restaurant industry has taken shape in many forms. The Skinny Pancake is committed to donating 1% of its revenue to organizations that directly benefit the local food pantry. In addition to what is in the company’s DNA, in response to COVID-19, the Adlers launched ShiftMeals to help feed the many unemployed members of the community; since the beginning of the program, it has grown to include, among other things, community garden initiatives.
The Skinny Pancake, located at 1 Steuben Street, is currently open Wednesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Reservations are encouraged but not required, delivery is available through GrubHub. For more information, visit skinnypancake.com/locations/albany or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/SkinnyPancakeAlbany and Instagram at instagram.com/skinnypancake.