Old Sugar Mill Pancake House opens in De Leon Springs State Park

DE LEON SPRINGS, Florida. – Guests visiting De Leon Springs State Park can once again make their own pancakes.

The Old Sugar Mill creperie opened on Monday.

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In a Facebook post, the new seller said, “The old Sugar Mill Creperie at De Leon Springs State Park is now officially open! Come join us for some breakfast favorites like classic French toast, all-you-can-eat build-your-own pancakes and more! We look forward to seeing you here!”

The previous owners operated the breakfast restaurant, formerly called the Old Spanish Sugar Mill for 61 years before closing doors in September.

“We have been fortunate to serve as a base in Central Florida since 1961,” the owner of Old Spanish Sugar Mill wrote on Facebook. “We sincerely thank you for making us your ‘go-to’ when you have company or crave chocolate chip pancakes. Thank you again for sharing those memories with us. The Sugar Mill was without a doubt the coolest breakfast restaurant in America.

John Michaelos, owner of the Old Spanish Sugar Mill restaurant, said he submitted a bid to keep the business going but was outbid by another concessionaire.

According to the Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees state parks, Guest Services, Inc., has taken over as the new concessionaire for De Leon Springs State Park, although the plant itself- even will remain.

“It’s been kind of a soft opening right now, since yesterday. We’re heading into our grand opening, which will be in early November,” said Matthew Smith, district manager of Guest Services, Inc.

Smith said there had been a slight renovation, with new tables built and others brought in.

“It looks a little different. Everything still works the same way. Same size griddle, same syrup, same honey, same molasses, all of it. The table is bigger, so you have more space to enjoy your meal,” Smith said. “It kind of gives you the dining experience of more people in a family style.”

Ruthie Valeri visited the restaurant in Davenport with her husband.

“I thought it was so cool. It’s wonderful. It’s beautiful. He made his own breakfast. How much better does it get than that?” Valeri said.

“The restaurant’s famous bake-your-own pancakes will still be available in the authentic sugar mill building overlooking one of Florida’s most beautiful natural settings,” the Department of Environmental Protection said in a statement later. early this year.

The restaurant offers breakfast favorites, unlimited build-your-own pancakes, and more.

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