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“Pancake Pantry” considering more changes, extra costs when Nashville moves back to phase two



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville has officially returned to a modified version of its phase two-opening plan. This means that restaurants can only work at half capacity. More challenges lie ahead for facilities in Music City.

To stay afloat, Pancake Pantry, a Nashville staple since 1961, may have to start paying each customer an additional 50 cents or a dollar to keep the doors open.

“I know it’s something our regulars don’t want to hear, but there are extra costs we have to incur and we want to make sure we stay open,” said owner Crosby Keltner.

Keltner says that other entrepreneurs he talked to also think about the surcharge.

Since reopening according to new guidelines in Phase 1

back on May 11, Pancake Pantry’s goal has remained the same: make everyone feel comfortable and safe.

“The biggest upside is the confusion our customers have especially our regulars who just make sure we are open before driving from the entire city or state,” Keltner said.

Labor costs have quickly tripled, and with all the changes in the reopening plan, it has been a challenge to choose who to hire back.

They can also switch to single use, where everything is distributed.

The restaurant is considering all options. All in all, they are grateful for community involvement and understand why Metro leaders chose to slow things down.

“That’s all we have to work on and move forward and make changes from what we’re used to and how we’ve worked in the past,” Keltner said.

Pancake Pantry is open for dinner, pickup and pickup. You can read more about their opening hours on their Facebook page.

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