Gretalia Hospitality group is proud to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its PJ’s Pancake House and Bakery, located in Kingston, on the corner of Route 27 and Laurel Avenue. The restaurant is the third location of the growing PJ’s Pancake House franchise, which started with the iconic restaurant on Nassau Street in Princeton. It was taken over by Gretalia Hospitality Group in 2011. The group partnered with the original owner, Martin Tuchman, to expand the menu and open several new locations.

PJ’s is not just breakfast anymore. The restaurant now offers a variety of dinner entrees. The menu includes a variety of tavern items such as tacos, sliders, and barbecued ribs.

Additionally, the Kingston location also has a full service bakery and ice cream shop, with 14 flavors of ice cream. The shop makes custom cakes for any occasion, including weddings. “The beauty of this is that we’re smack right in the middle of a residential neighborhood, and I think there’s something to offer for everyone,” says Gretalia Hospitality Group owner John Procaccini.

This is because PJ’s offers such a wide variety of distinctive breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. It also has a wide variety of cookies, pastries, and macaroons, which it is especially known for. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Takeout is available.

PJ’s Pancake House and Bakery has a private room on the second floor that can be booked for a variety of private events, such as birthday parties, wedding rehearsals, or cooking classes. The room accommodates up to 30 people and is equipped with audio visual equipment, so that it can also be used for corporate presentations.

In addition to all PJ’s Pancake House locations, Gretalia Hospitality Group also owns and operates several other area restaurants. Other establishments include Osteria Procaccini, Trattoria Procaccini, and the Porta Via Catering Company. These restaurants have multiple locations in Princeton, Pennington, and Chesterfield.

The group is currently constructing two more PJ’s Pancake House locations in Ewing and Robbinsville, which will open soon. PJ’s Pancake House was recently incorporated as a franchise. The owners want to expand the brand to other areas as a chain of independently owned and operated franchises.

“I want to take the knowledge that I have in building restaurants, because we’re very good at what we do, and share that. I want to find strong operators like myself, who want to take advantage of the strong name and our know-how and our expertise and grow it for themselves.” As part of this endeavor, PJ’s Pancake House has developed its own unique, proprietary recipes for items such as pancake batter and syrup. “It took a lot to get this point,” said Procaccini.

PJ’s Pancake House and Bakery, 4581 Route 27, Kingston. www.pancakes.com

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