When Linz Lonchar married American husband George 30 years ago she had no ideahis family tradition of Saturday morning pancakes would one day be their livelihood.
But the couple, of Wadsley Park Village, are opening Sheffield’s first pancake and coffee house on The Moor in September.
The Cabin, housed in the former Caffe Nova under Atkinson’s department shop, will aim to be reminiscent of a North American log cabin.
Food will be from local producers where possible and the couple will give a proportion of profits to charities, as well as stocking unusual gifts and art.
Charity worker and mum Linz, aged 48, said: “It all started when George’s American dad made pancakes with him for the family every Saturday morning as he was growing up, so the tradition then passed on to our own family.
“Then my niece married a Norwegian and we discovered home-made waffles!”
“Sometimes we’d go out for brunch, but were disappointed in the number of times restaurant’s pancakes had ‘run out’. We wondered how places could run out, unless they were not making them fresh?
“We decided it was now or never. We needed to stop waffling and start flipping doing – and our dream of a cosy pancake, waffle & coffee house was born.”
Linz and George have remortgaged their home to launch the business.
“We know if we don’t give it our best shot now, we will always wonder what might have happened”, said Linz.
“Trying to secure premises has been one of the biggest and most unexpected challenges we have ever faced- and as foster carers we have had our share.
“We have appointed some brilliant staff and are now chomping at the bit for September’s opening.”
Meanwhile there has been another new opening at Meadowhall.
Wrapchic brings together Indian street food flavours in easy to eat Mexican style, such as burritos, nachos or wraps.
And in Rotherham Croft Coffee is part of a £100,000 transformation of the former Double Barrel pub in Thurcroft, which also includes a steak house.
There are also plans to turn another part of the building into a wine bar.