About Us

Our Leadership Team

Pancake franchise leadership team

Ernst “Ricky” F. Lehrmann, IV

Co-Founder and Co-Managing Member

Ricky has owned and operated The Pancakery in Destin since 2011. He has experience in every aspect of the restaurant, front of the house, back of the house, and behind the scenes.

Favorite Quote: "You get what you give". 

Mona Weiss

Managing Partner

Mona has a degree in Business and has been with The Pancakery since its inception in 2011. She became a Managing Partner in 2017 and has extensive hands-on experience in all restaurant operations. She meticulously maintains revenue records and financial reporting.

Favorite Quote: "More is caught Than taught. I believe in leading by example".

Daryl A. Battaglia, Jr.

Co-Founder and Co-Managing Member

Having been a teacher and a corporate restaurant general manager prior to starting The Pancakery, Daryl already had a foundation of working with and leading people. It is Daryl's passion and expertise to bring in the right people and help them learn, grow, and thrive at The Pancakery.

Favorite Quote: "The Harder I work, The Luckier I get". 

The Pancakery Franchise team meeting

Our Mission

To bring people together, giving them the best start to their day with the best food and friendliest service

The Pancakery Franchise team meeting 2

Our Vision

To be a fun, familiar (community) gathering place that squashes hunger, excites taste buds, makes memories and celebrates life

Core Values

Family, Friends, Community!

Bringing people together

Enjoy brunch, a cocktail, and life!

Community and guest centric.

Our Story

Daryl & Ricky pancake franchisors

Growing up in St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans’ most historic neighbor and a place where no one is a stranger, Daryl Battaglia and Ricky Lehrmann started small. The boys met in middle school where their friendship was forged through shared interests in sports and music. They fostered their entrepreneurial spirits by selling candy, baseball cards, and magazines together

The pancakery franchise owners

They were college roommates, and Ricky first learned about the restaurant industry by becoming a pizza delivery man. Both became high school teachers in St. Bernard Parish. A few years later, however, Hurricane Katrina and uprooted their lives. Daryl and Ricky were resilient. Daryl found temporary teaching work in northern Louisiana; Ricky became a fire fighter and played a role in rebuilding their community as a general contractor  

The Pancakery Franchise owners story

When Daryl left teaching and joined McDonald’s management, he enjoyed the restaurant industry, but not the long hours. He wanted a restaurant model that valued life balance. Ricky, with his hands-on experience in construction, was once again the perfect partner. Together, they envisioned a breakfast place that emphasized family, quality, community, and work-life balance  

Pancake Franchise First Location

Their combined passion and experience led to The Pancakery restaurant in Destin, FL. We took some risks, but with support from friends and family, their dream restaurant became a reality in just two months  

Pancakery Franchise Story

Their initial days saw challenges, like running out of pancake ingredients on a bustling weekend, but they persisted. Although totally committed to the business, they kept their afternoons and evenings free, striking the life balance they had envisioned  

The Pancakery Franchise Opens New Location

The Pancakery’s success in Destin was the spark for expansion. Drawing on their experience and a growing, competent team, they expanded to Panama City Beach, FL. The brand's growth was a testament to their hard work, unique offerings, and relentless focus on improvement  

The Pancakery Franchise founders

The Pancakery business is more than a successful business model. It provides an opportunity to participate in a brand that values family, life-balance, community, and quality. Daryl and Ricky's resilience, vision, and commitment to quality provide the foundation for their success  

History & Growth Milestones


The Pancakery Opens First Store

First Location Opens on National Pancake Day.


The Pancakery adds burgers to menu

Added Burgers To Menu.


Pancakery franchise reaches 1 mil in sales

Destin location reached $1M in sales.  


Pancakery franchise serves breakfast and lunch

Added selection of eggs benedicts. 


Brunch franchise expands menu

Expanded lunch menu with wraps.


Brunch franchise opened 2nd location

Opened 2nd location in Panama City, FL.


Breakfast franchise adds avocado to menu

Added avocados to the menu.  


Pancakery franchise reaches sales goals

Destin location reached $1.5M in sales.


The pancakery franchise is resilient

Hurricane Michael hit Panama City; lucky to have little damage; offered meals to community; achieved $1M in sales.


full bar opens at pancakery franchise

Full bar opens at both locations with cocktail menu. 


Pancakery Franchise surpasses 2 million in sales.

Panama City location surpasses $2M in sales.


Pancakery mixes available for purchase

Pancakery pancake mix is packaged; used in both locations and for future franchisees.


Franchises Available!

We are franchising! The Pancakery is expanding across the USA, and we welcome you to inquire about ownership as a Pancakery franchisee! 

See How We "Stack Up"!

Flip the script on traditional restaurant ownership and join The Pancakery! Be part of our story and serve up smiles by day, savoring family time by night. 

Contact us to learn more about this exciting franchise opportunity!

Available Territories

The Pancakery Franchise locations are available now in states listed in green. States shown in yellow are coming soon. All other states are scheduled for future expansion and subject to change.

Contact us directly for franchise territories in specific cities and towns, as there may be additional opportunities not reflected in this map.

Have Questions about franchise territories? Contact us today.

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