FREEHOLD, NJ – When Perkins on Route 9 in Freehold closed, it sent shockwaves across the culinary community. Perkins had always been a favorite breakfast spot for young and old alike, but the brand has been shutting locations throughout New Jersey. Earlier this year, in April, the restaurant closed the doors for good in Freehold.
After 30 years of operation, the beloved breakfast joint was gone and the Petrou family said their final goodbye to the community at the location.
In July, 2020, the Toms River location on Route 37 was closed.
While the COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on Perkins at the Jersey Shore, one north Jersey based pancake house was quickly growing.
Their first restaurant was in Brick Township on Cedar Bridge Road. With the success of the Brick location, the Brownstone Pancake Factory announced earlier this year it will be opening another location, their fourth.
According to the company’s website, “Every meal is prepared under the watchful eye of our patriarch, Peter. There was no privilege quite like hearing the genuine laughter and enthusiasm of our matriarch, Irene. At one point, all have been intrigued by the knowledge of the eldest child, Bobby. Every guest has been sincerely welcomed by the ever-smiling daughter, Maria. And no customer has ever been playfully abused by anyone quite like the “baby,” Zoe. The dream started over 45 years ago when Peter and Irene bought a tiny subway car diner. It was a labor of love for an establishment that was lacking in character.”
Everyone we know who has been to the place loves it and for breakfast lovers and pancake fans, you’re probably going to like it too.
Right now, there is no official opening date, but when the Brick store opened, we dubbed it the Uncle Dood’s of the pancake world. A sign on Route 9 North outside the old Perkins says it’s coming soon.