Business of the Week: It was Pancakes & Cafe

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This week’s Wausau area business is a new brunch spot in Rib Mountain that will have you rethinking breakfast from the moment you grab your first bite of their amazing food. Era Pancakes & Cafe, 151523 North Mountain Road, is more than just a pancake. Their large and creative menu includes a variety of French crepes, brioche French toast, omelettes, stir-fry bowls and classic breakfasts. But traditional offerings also have a unique twist, from Avocado Bacon Benedict to fiesta tacos, Nashville chicken and waffles, and more. Drinks are also available, including Bloody Mary and Mimose, with a fresh and welcoming environment that will keep you coming back week after week. Breakfast items are served all day, every day, but if you wait until 11am you can also choose from a selection of crispy salads, pound burgers, melting, wraps and sandwiches. They also feature several specials throughout the week, all focusing on a farm-to-table approach to the freshest meals possible. Owner Ardian Jashari said his staff are the crown jewel of the restaurant, with a team working to ensure every guest is served with a smile. He reads on to find out more about Era Pancakes & Cafe and find out why their motto is “time, dedication and damn good food”.

I need to know: why is the restaurant called Era?

Era is my daughter’s name. I choose the name because we are a family restaurant that hopes to pass on the family throughout our premises.

What do you love most about your chef?

He is always ready to try any new idea that comes to my mind. He goes out of his way to make sure each dish comes out better than the last.

What makes your restaurant unique?

Our restaurant is unique not only in its modern and industrial decor, but also in the fact that we will always work hard to make sure that all of our customers leave with a smile on their face and a full stomach to match.

What do you want customers to hear when they walk in the door?

Excited! Like a kid in a candy store trying to decide what’s next to try.

Tell us more about food. What will customers find and what is your favorite dish on the menu?

Our food is your average brunch food with a few items that will make you feel like you are “living on the edge”. You can find your basic two-egg breakfast or you can turn the bar up and get breakfast tacos with a kick! Trying to choose a favorite object is like trying to choose your favorite child. It’s impossible! One of my favorites is definitely the new beef barbacoa Benedict. The flavors are out of this world. One of the most popular items, unsurprisingly, was the Berry blast pancakes. We use fresh berries and place them on our fresh homemade pancakes that melt in your mouth with every bite. You can’t go wrong when ordering any of our berry blast items.

You emphasize the farm fresh aspect in your approach. Why is it so important to you?

We want to make sure we serve not only good food, but food that is good for you as well. Everyone wants to eat the “right stuff”, so we try to make the search easier for our customers.

What is the best thing about doing business in the Wausau area and what has been the customer reaction so far?

Certainly the friendliness of all customers and surrounding companies. You can’t beat the close-knit feeling Wausau gives you. It is definitely seen every day by our wonderful customers.

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