The wait will soon be over for fans of a popular Dutch restaurant in Rochester.
Owner Tasos Psomas is almost ready to open the doors of Hollandberry Pannekoeken, the successor of his downtown Pannekoeken Huis restaurant that closed when the Days Inn hotel was demolished.
The new, 5,000-square-foot restaurant anchoring the commercial center at 210 N. Broadway should open very soon, possibly as early as late next week.
Hollandberry will seat about 140 customers and will be staffed by about 40 employees.
And yes, they will still shout “Pannekoeken," when bringing one of the Dutch pastries to a customer.
Psomas says former Pannekoeken regulars should feel at home in the new restaurant, despite the new name.
"They will recognize all of breakfast on the menu. They will recognize some of their dinner favorites with some new additions. They will recognize the staff," he said. "They just won't recognize the store."
While Hollandberry is shiny, with lots of white tile and stainless steel, the restaurant will also feature a some Pannekoeken history.
Rochester's original Pannekoeken Huis was a stand-alone restaurant at 1201 S. Broadway in front of the Crossroads Shopping Center. After 27 years, it closed in 2011 and was later demolished.
Like the downtown Pannekoeken, the Crossroads restaurant was a popular spot. Many of the regulars will remember that it was decorated with prints of paintings by Dutch masters. Those prints went into storage when the restaurant closed.
Psomas has pulled the artwork out of storage, and the 10 framed prints now decorate one wall of Hollandberry as a nod to the restaurant's past.