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PANNEKOEKEN INTRODUCES NEW DINNER MENU AS FIRST STEP IN MAJOR REPOSITIONING

 EDINA, Minn., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Pannekoeken (NASDAQ: PANNU) is "not just for breakfast anymore." In a repositioning the Restaurant Finance Monitor calls "the turnaround of the year," the restaurant chain this month launched its first move by introducing a new dinner menu which brings Dutch family cooking to the table.
 Historically, the restaurant has been known for its pannekoekens -- an oven-baked Dutch pancake -- and as a result, has been largely thought of only for breakfast. In a move to expand its operation "from breakfast to bedtime," the company is offering homemade specialties like Country Pot Roast, Dutch Pot Pie and Honey-glazed Chicken Dinner complete with skin-on mashed potatos and lots of fresh vegetable choices.
 Each restaurant will have a complete bakery with fresh breads, muffins and cookies. Wine and Dutch beers will soon be available in some locations.
 "We want our guests to enjoy a real home-cooked dinner in a warm, comfortable atmosphere," said Todd Novaczyk, president. "This is more than just a new menu, it's the first of many prominent changes to transform Pannekoeken into an entirely new family dining experience."
 Previously a privately held company, Pannekoeken went public earlier this year raising $3.1 million in an initial public offering. The cash will be used to improve its balance sheet, and reposition the chain with a remodeling, new signage and new look.
 Each restaurant will have an expanded Dutch Country Store containing 1,500 to 2,500 square feet of retail space. The stores will sell Dutch and European gift items and moderately priced collectibles (like the popular blue & white Delft porcelain), imported chocolates and gourmet coffees.
 In addition, Pannekoeken is introducing a creative investment concept and opportunity to potential franchisees. The company will build, finance and operate a new restaurant, then a franchisee can buy the business from the company after assuming the lease with only 20 percent down payment.
 Sytje's Pannekoeken Huis Family Restaurants Inc., presently owns, operates or franchises 14 restaurants and Dutch Country Stores in the Upper Midwest, including the greater Twin Cities area, Rochester, Minn., and Fargo, N.D. Plans have begun to add five new restaurants by the end of 1994, beginning with Burnsville in January. The company is listed on the NASDAQ Small Cap Market under the symbol PANNU and Local Over-The- Counter under SYTJE.
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 /CONTACT: Todd Novaczyk of Pannekoeken, 612-944-8090; or Gail Shore of Shore to Shore Communications, 612-925-6102, for Pannekoeken/
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