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May 15, 2013

Burlington's Downtown Skinny Pancake To Double In Size

Skinny_downtownIt's been a few short months since the crew behind The Skinny Pancake opened a third location (as well as another Chubby Muffin) at Burlington Airport. So are owners Benjy and Jonathan Adler taking a breather? Decidedly not.

They've leased the space next door to their Lake Street location in Burlington and plan to double the Skinny Pancake's current size — adding a bar, expanding the kitchen and dining room, and tripling the size of their porch by early July.

"We're already very busy behind the walls," says Benjy Adler, who hopes the expansion will ease congestion and lines at the door and allow the kitchen to "get more creative." 

Inside, the dining room will grow from 63 to 90 seats, with "a jewel box on display front and center so that people can watch crêpe artists work their magic," says Adler. They'll also build a full bar with nine seats, "a pretty substantial liquor menu" and eight taps, three more than they have now.

An expanded kitchen will give rise to an expanded menu, with both panini and a burger making debuts — as well as "a few more things for people who don't necessarily want a crêpe," says Adler.

Out front, the patio will grow from 500 to 1500 square feet, with a larger stage in the corner that will allow for "more complex acts and a full sound booth," says Adler. The Skinny Pancake hosts live music at least four nights a week during the summer.

The downside: The main dining room will be closed during the month of June, when the bulk of construction will be going on — but they'll continue to serve food on the patio. "It's going to be a long four weeks for us," says Adler. We hope they follow it up with a day or two of rest.

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