Volusia County

Old Sugar Mill Pancake House hosts grand reopening at De Leon Springs

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The Old Sugar Mill Pancake House is back open in De Leon Springs State Park, this time under new management.

The restaurant’s new operator, Guest Services Inc., hosted its grand reopening on Wednesday, a month after the restaurant reopened.


Schwarze Enterprises LLC, the company that managed the popular all-you-can-eat, create-your-own pancakes eatery for 61 years, said in August it would shutter the restaurant because the state did not renew its contract.

Guest Services Inc. won the contract and said it is continuing the tradition of make-your-own pancakes, but made several upgrades, including structural improvements and a new roof.

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

“We know how much the Old Sugar Mill Pancake House and the history of the park mean to the community,” said Laura Sherman, Vice President of Operations of Guest Services Inc. in a statement. “We are committed to continuing the traditions of the restaurant and enhancing the offerings at De Leon Springs State Park.”

The restaurant is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Read: What’s next for this iconic De Leon Springs restaurant

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.