Following Closure, Jersey City’s Brownstone Diner to Reopen as Life Pancake Company

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Life Pancake Company 426 Jersey Avenue Jersey City
After a change in ownership and a renovation, Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory expects to reopen later this year as Life Pancake Company at 426 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

A classic diner in Van Vorst Park will be reopening soon with some new concepts and a more rustic look, but the pancakes that locals have known and loved will still be a big part of the menu.


NJ Advance Media uncovered some details about the upcoming Life Pancake Company, which will be taking the place of the Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory at 426 Jersey Avenue. The old diner was opened by Pete and Irene Bournias back in 1968, but it suddenly closed earlier this year.

The new owner of the restaurant will be Zoe Bournias, who is the daughter of Pete and Irene and grew up working at the diner. She assures that the classic pancakes the old place was known for will be coming to the new endeavor along with a few new varieties like s’mores or avocado bacon.

Zoe says the new menu will be more focused on breakfast, lunch, and brunch more so than dinner, but Life Pancake Company will still have a full bar that will feature “deranged” Bloody Marys with toppings like fried calamari or grilled cheese. The interior of the restaurant will be more open with higher ceilings and exposed copper for a bit more of a rustic feel.

Life Pancake House just created a new Facebook page and says they are aiming to open in late November, although an official date to start serving customers hasn’t been set.

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