Pancake Pantry, Nashville’s most iconic breakfast spot, announced a change in leadership as the Baldwin family sold the establishment to Franklin restauranteur Crosby Keltner.
With this purchase, Keltner will assume ownership of the restaurant that has become synonymous with its long line of customers wrapped around the block, eagerly awaiting a table.
Pancake Pantry has been in the Baldwin family since it was founded in 1961 by Robert Baldwin, who still frequents the restaurant today. Robert’s son, David, who has been running the business for several decades, identified Keltner as his successor, recognizing his management style and passion for the industry.
“This business has meant so much to me and my family over the years and I wanted to ensure that the next owner would love and treat the staff like family and preserve what makes Pancake Pantry so special – I have no doubt that Crosby is the perfect person to carry on those traditions,” said David Baldwin, former owner of Pancake Pantry. “Crosby has the energy, experience and vision to ensure Pancake Pantry is a part of Nashville’s history for good.”
Baldwin and Keltner sparked up a friendship after being casually introduced through a mutual friend. Several months after their initial meeting, Keltner received a call from Baldwin offering him this opportunity.
“I am honored to be trusted with the future of this iconic landmark and am excited to play a part of Nashville’s rich history,” Keltner said. “Pancake Pantry is a local treasure and I intend to carry on the Baldwin family’s legacy and preserve this special ‘Nashville tradition.’”
Keltner brings more than 16 years of experience to his new role as chief of the popular breakfast and lunch destination, most notably serving as the general manager at Red Pony Restaurant in Franklin. The Tennessee native was raised in Memphis and has become part of the food scene in Nashville, which he has called home for more than 13 years.
David Baldwin will remain involved in the business as Keltner transitions into his new role. Pancake Pantry will remain open and there will be no changes to staffing.