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Coming to Tacoma's Sixth Avenue: Original Pancake House

Primo Grill’s old home on Sixth Avenue will have a much different smell wafting from it – pancakes, instead of wood-fired pizza. A restaurant that is micro focused on breakfast – and only breakfast – is slated to become the next tenant at Sixth and Pine Streets.

Expect to see a November opening for the Original Pancake House. The restaurant space’s former tenant, Primo Grill, left that space in late July (it opened there in 1999). Owners Charlie McManus and Jacqueline Plattner moved their restaurant last week a few blocks to Sixth and Oakes, to a building the couple owns that also houses their sister restaurant, Crown Bar.

Original Pancake House is an Oregon-based chain with locations nationally. The Sixth Avenue restaurant will be operated by franchise owners Ryan Medford and Blake Williams who opened the South Hill Original Pancake House in June 2009. They opened another in Maple Valley in 2013.

The Sixth Avenue Original Pancake House will duplicate the South Hill menu with a micro focus on more than a dozen styles of pancakes and a narrow category of made-from-scratch breakfast foods, including omelets, biscuits and gravy and home fries. The restaurant might be best known for its Dutch baby, a puffed up pancake souffle served with lemon and powdered sugar. I admit a fondness for the restaurant’s bacon pancakes, which are served with the house-blended maple syrup.

It’s more likely to find an Original Pancake House in suburban environs, which makes the urban Tacoma location unusual. Medford said in a phone interview that the location’s proximity to Tacoma’s business base was a real draw. They’re adding a conference area at the restaurant for business breakfasts and hope that nearby university employees and business workers will treat the breakfast spot as a business meeting destination. He does not yet know the hours of the Sixth Avenue restaurant. The South Hill restaurant originally opened with daytime hours only, but later expanded to serving breakfast into dinner hours.