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PANNEKOEKEN OPENS FIRST OF NEW 1994 RESTAURANTS IN BURNSVILLE; COMPANY ENTERS PHASE TWO OF EXPANSION PLANS

 EDINA, Minn., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In its aggressive move to continue to expand its operation in 1994, Pannekoeken (NASDAQ: PANNU) will open the first of several new restaurants on Jan. 5. The 6,000- square-foot restaurant is located in Burnsville, Minn. at Burnsville Center (main level next to Sears).
 The Burnsville restaurant will reflect Pannekoeken's new look, which will also apply to the 1994 remodeling of all its restaurants. Fresh new interior designs include a tasteful Dutch collage of colorful floral stencils, etched glass, old fashioned tin ceilings and lace curtains. All restaurants will have a complete bakery with fresh breads, muffins and cookies. Wine and Dutch beers will soon be available in some locations.
 Each restaurant will also 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.
 Pannekoeken Family Restaurants has been known for its pannekoekens -- an oven-baked Dutch pancake -- and as a result, has been largely thought of only for breakfast. In an effort to reposition itself to become a "breakfast to bedtime" restaurant, the company completed an initial public offering in early 1993 and last month launched its first expansion phase by introducing a new dinner menu including homemade Dutch family meals.
 "We are letting no grass grow under our feet," said Todd Novaczyk, president and CEO of Pannekoeken. "Among our repositioning and expansion plans include the opening of several new locations this year alone."
 Just two weeks ago, Pannekoeken announced its intent to acquire The Yankee Diner, Inc., which owns and operates mid-priced, casual dining restaurants in the Seattle area that generate annual revenues of approximately $9 million. That acquisition is subject to Pannekoeken's ability to obtain suitable financing.
 Pannekoeken will soon introduce phase three of its planning which is 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 15 restaurants and Dutch Country Stores in the Upper Midwest, including the greater Twin Cities area; Rochester, Minn.; and Fargo, N.D. The company is listed on the NASDAQ Small Cap Market under the symbol PANNU and is listed in the Twin Cities newspapers under SYTJE.
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 /CONTACT: Todd Novaczyk of Pannekoeken Restaurants, 612-944-8090; or Gail Shore of Shore to Shore Communications, 612-925-6102, for Pannekoeken Restaurants/
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