Pancakes and omelets for breakfast, and burgers and wraps for lunch are coming to the former Original Pancake House on Downer Avenue. All that and more thanks to Canela Cafe.

Canela Cafe is set to soon take over the East Side space, 2621 N. Downer Ave., city license applications show. July 1 is listed as the proposed opening date.

The Original Pancake House closed in January after nearly 16 years of service.

Canela plans to be open daily 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“Canela Cafe will be a place for families, young professionals and students to enjoy a breakfast, lunch or Sunday brunch in a casual, fun atmosphere on one of Milwaukee’s favorite retail streets,” said Dina Awadallah, who will own and operate the restaurant with her husband Ray.

An sample menu includes breakfast and brunch items like pancakes ($8.99), omelets ($10.99), and chorizo and black bean egg burritos ($13.99). For lunch, there are cheeseburgers and Ruebens ($10.99), grilled chicken sandwiches ($11.99), and various wraps ($9.99). Bakery and side items like bagels and cereal are also included.

No sidewalk or outdoor seating is planned at this time. BizTimes notes that Bouraxis-Awadallah will “present operating plans and take questions from the public at a virtual neighborhood meeting scheduled for May 18.”

Also, here’s a fun fact: The rent for the space is listed as a cool $11,000 a month.

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