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Popular PJ’s Pancake House to Expand to Skillman, Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner — and cocktails — at Village Walk at Montgomery, Rt 206

By Barbara A. Preston | Posted May 30, 2024

PJ’s Pancake House, the popular breakfast spot that opened on Nassau Street in Princeton in 1962, is expanding to Montgomery Township, with a possible open date in late Fall.

In addition to pancakes, the Montgomery PJ’s will be permitted to serve cocktails, beers, and is expected to offer a tavern menu — burgers, meatloaf, fish and chips, and diner classics — similar to its other locations that have liquor licenses and go by the name PJ's Pancake House &Tavern. These include the locations in Ewing, Lawrenceville, and Robbinsville.


PJ's PANCAKE HOUSE and tavern is now under construction at Village Walk at Montgomery, the mixed-use development underway on Route 206 in Skillman. It will occupy the building above, surrounded by the pink box.

PJ's will occupy a new building in Village Walk at Montgomery, fronting Route 206 and highly visible to passersby. “We are trying to provide what is needed in Montgomery,” said Brett Pugliese of Pugliese Properties, the developers of Montgomery Walk.

“Montgomery doesn’t have a sit-down breakfast place — not since the Red Oak Diner closed,” he said. The old diner, once a popular spot on Route 206 across from Princeton Airport, is now a Chase Bank.

PJ’s will share a building, with an AT&T retail and service store. The businesses will occupy one of two new buildings now under construction on Route 206 — occupying the one closest one to Starbucks. 

The original PJ’s Pancake House, located in the heart of Princeton, is still open. Owned and operated by the Gretalia Hospitality Group, there are now six pancake houses throughout central New Jersey. 

“We are not just breakfast anymore,” according to the PJ's Pancake House website.


Stonebridge at Montgomery

Gretalia Hospitality Group is a restaurant management and consulting company formed in 2011. Managing partners include John S. Procaccini and Zissis N. Pappas. Their restaurants include: Osteria Procaccini, More Than Q, Trattoria Procaccini, Mi Espana, Union Boil Co., Aperitivo Bar, Lyberry Coffee Co., Tavola Rustica, and PortaVia Catering.  Learn more at  

The group has pancake houses in six communities:  Lawrenceville on Route 1 (the old Michael’s Diner); Kingston (the old Main Street restaurant); West Windsor, Princeton, Robbinsville, and Ewing.

The last two location offer cocktails and beers. ■


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