Blueberry pancakes from Pancake Social
Photo: Pancake Social
Photo: Pancake Social

All-day breakfast spot Pancake Social opens at Ponce City Market

Eagerly anticipated breakfast spot Pancake Social, from a team that includes acclaimed chef and restaurateur Anne Quatrano is now open at Ponce City Market.

Featuring breakfast favorites the menu a selection of dishes that ranges from traditional breakfast items to healthy options. In anticipation of the official opening, the restaurant's soft opening is this week, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. every day through Sunday, March 24.

The restaurant’s grand opening will be March 25, with regular hours from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

The 120-seat restaurant features both indoor and patio dining and is located near the North Avenue entrance of Ponce City Market, facing Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Pancake Social’s menu, which was designed by chef Quatrano, who also owns Bacchanalia, Star Provisions, W.H. Stiles Fish Camp at Ponce City Market and Floataway Café, will be executed by executive chef Evelyn Ling, who previously worked at Bacchanalia. Expect to see seven types of pancakes – from savory to sweet – sandwiches, bowls and healthier fare including chia seed pudding, ancient grain porridge, avocado toasts and gluten-free options. 

Dishes will be made using locally-sourced ingredients from businesses including Banner Butter and Summerland Farms. Menu highlights will include ebelskivers; a pecan praline stack; sourdough waffles; a crispy chicken sandwich with hot honey drizzle; and a P.S. burger.

On the beverage side, Pancake Social will offer juices, their own coffee and espresso as well as beer, wine, mimosas and brunch cocktails. 

The restaurant’s design, a collaboration between architect Tim Nichols and Anne Quatrano, will feature “hints of Scandinavian architecture, focusing on clean lines, natural light and raw wood,” according to a press release. Design features will include hand-stenciled floor tiles and butcher block bar and tabletops. The space will feature a coffee counter for to-go orders and a full-service dining room with large tables and booths.

In addition to Quatrano and Ling, the Pancake Social team also features partners Dan Jacobson—owner of Steel Wave Ventures and formerly of Chick-fil-A; Steven Chan, a 20-year veteran of the Atlanta restaurant industry and founder of Tin Drum Asian Kitchen; and Tony Riffel, co-founder of Octane Coffee Company and Elevator Factory. 

Michael Harrel, who previously worked at Octane Coffee and Empire State South, will serve as general manager.

Pancake Social will join several other new concepts in Ponce City Market including Root Baking Co. and sushi stall Miso Ko. 

A second location of Pancake Social is slated to open in the Pinewood Forest development later this year.

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