Photography courtesy of Ellen’s on Facebook.

A downtown restaurant known for decadent breakfasts and home-cooked meals will open in the space that was supposed to house Snooze an A.M. Eatery in the Casa Linda Plaza, CultureMap reported.

Construction has begun on Ellen’s with an opening date set for mid- to late summer, owner Joe Groves told the publication. The restaurant will open in a controversial building at 1152 N. Bucker Blvd. in the southwest corner of the intersection. Critics say the building is too close to the street and hides the historic architecture of the shopping center.

The structure was originally slated for the Denver-based brunch chain Snooze. The eatery announced its intention to open at Casa Linda Plaza in September 2019, but a spokeswoman for the shopping center said in November that the restaurant would not open there after all.

But no matter. Ellen’s all-day breakfast menu means you can enjoy a signature morning meal without waking up early. Try the pancake pot pie, a dish of layered pancakes stuffed with sausage, sausage gravy, bacon, hash browns, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese slathered in maple syrup.

The eatery is known for its breakfasts, but also comfort food, such as meatloaf, chicken-fried steak and chicken and dumplings.

Groves and his partners founded the restaurant, named after his mother, in 2012. The Casa Linda location will be the brand’s fourth. An outpost opened in Allen in 2020, and another is scheduled to open in Fort Worth in mid-2021.


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