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Pancake house plans fall debut

Magnolia Pancake Haus expects to debut in Cibolo during November with a menu similar to dishes at its two San Antonio locations. Complications from COVID-19 have delayed construction, a company official said. Courtesy photo

CIBOLO — Construction delays caused by the pandemic means diners must wait a little longer for Magnolia Pancake Haus’ famous buttermilk flapjacks and corned-beef hash.

The restaurant — the third in the San Antonio area — could open by November at 17730 Interstate 35 North.

Tricia Fleming Schleicher, company vice president and daughter of owner Robert Fleming, acknowledged the disruption caused by COVID-19, but said they’re ready to fill the demand for a quality meal.

The restaurant’s mission is “to create a dining experience so enjoyable the guests can’t wait to come back,” Schleicher said.

A stand-alone building will house the family-owned and operated eatery. The first two spots are at 606 Embassy Oaks St. in the Embassy Oaks shopping center and 10333 Huebner Road near the South Texas Medical Center.

“Our teams do a phenomenal job of always making sure that we provide that great customer experience,” Schleicher said.

Fleming started in food service some 50 years ago. He and his wife owned a Cajun restaurant in the 1980s, moved to Dallas and then returned to San Antonio.

“It’s just something that my dad always kind of had ingrained in him, just being a restaurateur, working in restaurants,” Schleicher said.

Magnolia will serve breakfast and lunch featuring a similar menu to its sister locations. Schleicher said the eatery is known for its varieties of buttermilk pancakes including blueberry, chocolate chip and bacon, plus the apfel pfannekuchen, a German-style pancake.

The recipe comes from Schleicher’s great-grandmother, who lived in Munich.

The corned-beef hash — brined, smoked and cured in-house — earned recognition from the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

“Our patrons know that anytime they come here, if it’s been a week, if it’s been two weeks, two months, two years, it’s going to be the same thing that they got the last time they were here because we really make sure that everything that we produce is the same,” Schleicher said.

This venue will most resemble the Huebner Road site, but without a beer garden.

“I’m kind of taking over the business a little bit and transitioning it to a little more new-age feel. It’ll still have a grandma’s feel, but just maybe a little more modern,” Schleicher said.

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