Skinny Pancake Receives Warm Welcome to Downtown Albany

ALBANY – The Skinny Pancake, a mission-driven eatery focused on serving local food, received a warm welcoming at its newest location at 1 Steuben Street, Albany on March 10th. Joining CEO and Co-founder Benjy Adler and Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) Executive Director Georgette Steffens in celebrating The Skinny Pancake on their new location were Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Senior Policy Analyst Lucas Rogers, Redburn Development Partners Principal Jeff Buell, and Capital Region Chamber President & CEO Mark Eagan.  

The opening of the downtown Albany location, the company’s first in New York, comes nearly 20 years after The Skinny Pancake started as a food truck that brothers Benjy and Jonny Adler constructed themselves. Opening inside the Kenmore Building, the catalyst for the Downtown location came following their participation in a local event in 2019, when Eagan recognized a natural pairing between the Vermont-based creperie and what Redburn Development envisioned for the historic Downtown property.  

With the owners sold on both the vision Buell shared for the 3,200-square-foot space and the building’s development into a commercial and residential hub, the lease was signed, and construction began to build a restaurant where, Adler says, people would walk in and instantly feel comfortable. As a result of all the work, The Skinny Pancake customers being greeted by a dining area comprised of both tables and chairs along the walls and a lounge area in the center of the room. Accenting the space are paintings by local artists, a chandelier made from a nearly 100-year-old wagon wheel, and a cast iron stove emblazoned with “Happy Thought” from a Vermont farmhouse that doubles as a coffee bar. 

Crepes, salads, and burgers including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options are served at The Skinny Pancake, with the All Day Burrito and Everything But The Bagel Crepe launching with the opening of the new location. Favorite menu items for Downtown customers, Adler says, are the Johnny Crepe (maple BBQ pulled pork, maple BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, and Cabot cheddar in a cornmeal crepe) and The Cheesy Chicken Pesto (roasted chicken, house-made pesto, caramelized onions, VT mozzarella and Cabot cheddar). Customers can pair their meals with coffee, teas, sodas, beer, wine, and cocktails.  

The Skinny Pancake’s expansion was about more than growing their footprint to include both the Green Mountain and Empire States. Customers at the Downtown location are tasting the flavors of local vendors that include Highland Hollow Farm, Halo Wholesale, Indian Ladder Farm, Stacks Espresso Bar, Yesfolk Tonics, and Wild Hill Maple.  

Their mission to build a safer, healthier, and more delicious foodshed while working with communities in ways that go beyond a transactional relationship generally associated with the restaurant industry has taken shape in many forms. The Skinny Pancake is committed to donating 1 percent of their revenue to organizations that directly benefit the local foodshed. On top of what’s baked into the company’s DNA, as a response to COVID-19 the Adlers launched ShiftMeals to help feed the many unemployed members of the community; since the program began it has grown to include, among other things, community collective garden initiatives.  


The Skinny Pancake, located at 1 Steuben Street, is currently open Wednesday through Saturday during the hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday during the hours of 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Reservations are encouraged but not required, delivery is available via GrubHub. For more information, visit or follow them on Facebook at and Instagram at

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