A New Beginning
In the winter of 2016, Lynn Rizzo Cifonelli and Dan Cifonelli purchased the building and business and decided to give this iconic eatery a new “old” look. The Rizzo Family made Sylvan Beach their summer home many years ago and also operates “What's the Scoop” Ice Cream Parlor adjacent to this building. Lynn’s brother Gary is well known in this area for his culinary skills and is the Pancake House’s head chef. The Cifonelli’s and Rizzo’s renovated and remodeled with the intent of assuring historically appropriate design and materials. Some highlights of the renovation include revealing the original windows – that had been hidden for years, restoration of the original bead board ceiling, re-flooring from the ground up and adding air conditioning for the first time ever in the building. How cool is that?! A great new menu has been created featuring new breakfast and lunch specialties. “It’s all about – Good people, good food and good times!” said Dan. “We want to give back to a community our families have loved all of our lives.”
A post office was established on May 26, 1887, with the name Sylvan Beach. John H. Meays was the first postmaster. The Chas. S. Block Building was the site of the post office on Main Street. For over 50 years it has been the Pancake House.
This historic building is a Sylvan Beach landmark, distinguished by its four large pillars, has been part of the Sylvan Beach landscape for over 100 years. It was originally Sylvan Beach's Post Office and general store. In 1957, the iconic Moe LaBella opened an Italian Restaurant in the building. Moe had a fun-loving personality, his favorite song was “It’s a Wonderful World”. The Italian restaurant evolved into a breakfast haven well-known for serving “breakfast” after-hours and staying open well into the morning. The eatery was dubbed the “Pancake House” and throughout the years it has been frequented by tourists and celebrities in the summers and by locals and ice fishermen in the winters. Some of the celebrities that dinned here included; Rodney Dangerfield, Frances Ford Coppola, Al Martino, Harry James, Foster Brooks, Tony Sirico, Kay Ballard, Ken Norton and Dave Cowens. Moe LaBella passed away in 2008 and the restaurant began to evolve further under several different owners.
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Recognized as 1 of the Top Ten Pancakes in New York State!
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We Love Your Hometown Tour!
It’s a little spooky in Sylvan Beach for We Love Your Hometown Tour at The Pancake House 🥞 😋 👻