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'We'll stay open.' Pancake Pantry opening for dinner, to save employees' jobs

Posted at 5:42 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 21:12:41-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Pancake Pantry in Hillsboro Village is staying open later four days a week to bring in more money to pay the staff.

"I told the staff I would do my best not to lay anyone else off," said Crosby Keltner, owner of Pancake Pantry.

The restaurant laid off more than 30% of the staff earlier this year to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I'm trying to keep the staff happy and I think everybody understands the situation we're in," Keltner said.

But seating restrictions, social distancing rules in the kitchen, and fewer tourists coming in to try the legendary fare are still putting jobs in jeopardy. The restaurant will now be open until 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday to try and offset lost revenue.

"We're here and we have all your favorites that you remember from when you were a child, and over the years when you were coming in here to see us," the owner said.

Pancake Pantry will offer breakfast and lunch plates and will introduce southern supper dishes in the future.

The restaurant is running a special promotion for health care workers. All meals are half-off at dinner time.