Our Story

It was 1960. Jim and June Gerding, having vacationed in Gatlinburg in previous years, decided to take the entrepreneurial leap.

They would move to Gatlinburg from their home state of Indiana to open Tennessee’s first pancake specialty restaurant. And what a leap of faith it was…this was a new restaurant concept back in 1960 and Jim had no restaurant experience! With sons ages 8 months and 3 years in tow, Jim and June began to build their lives and business in Gatlinburg.

As with any new business there were early struggles and much toil. But success did arrive. In 1965 they were able to purchase the land and building, a rare opportunity in Gatlinburg. The signature building with its majestic slate roof, gables, large windows and warm white oak interior was constructed under Jim’s vision and direction in 1975.

As we have over the last half-century we continue to learn and innovate. Today guests are offered unique dishes and specials to tempt the palate along with fast, efficient service to accompany the food.

We express sincere gratitude and thanks to our customers who have made the Pancake Pantry a Gatlinburg tradition for over 60 years!