‘Coolest breakfast restaurant in America’: Iconic De Leon Springs eatery to close after 61 years

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A Central Florida gem is closing up shop after 61 years.


The Old Spanish Sugar Mill in De Leon Springs recently announced it will shutter permanently in September.

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The beloved breakfast spot is best known for its take on all-you-can-eat pancakes — guests get to create and cook them tableside on their own griddle.

On social media, the owners said that the state did not renew its business contract and that a new concession will fill its space at De Leon Springs State Park.

“We sincerely thank you for making us your ‘go-to’ for when you’ve got company or a chocolate chip pancake craving,” they wrote.

The restaurant also said it expects heavy traffic during the last few weeks of business and that no reservations will be accepted.

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Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Restaurant hours will be as follows:

  • Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Old Spanish Sugar Mill began filling locals’ bellies back in 1961.

If you haven’t experienced it for yourself, you’re running out of time.

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The iconic screen doors will close for good on Sept. 12.

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