UPDATE, NOVEMBER 11: KITCHEN TO REMAIN CLOSED AT LEAST UNTIL THURSDAY
The Pancake Kitchen will remain closed at least until Thursday, staff have confirmed to The Courier.
They were hoping for the all-clear to open their doors again today, but were unable to do so.
"We are pretty positive if everything runs to plan that we will be open on Thursday," said Amiee O'Shannassy, the manager of the restaurant's kitchen on Tuesday.
A fire investigator visited the venue today.
When it does re-open, staff plan to donate 10 per cent of their takings to help victims of the fires in New South Wales and Queensland.
A post on the restaurant's Facebook page read: "Thank you to all our caring friends for the messages of support You may have already heard, we've had a small fire in our store room overnight.
"It is believed to be an electrical fault that has triggered it. All of our team are safe as it happened after hours. We wish to thank the fire fighters who acted so quickly we appreciate everything you've done."
ORIGINAL STORY, NOVEMBER 10: Pancake Kitchen closes after storehouse fire
One of Ballarat's best known restaurants has been forced to close its doors to customers after a fire broke out in the storehouse.
Staff noticed a burning smell on Sunday morning when they turned up to the Pancake Kitchen to work.
The Pancake Kitchen's Linda Menzies says they hope to re-open the restaurant "as soon as we have the all-clear".
She said they would be back serving the restaurant's trademark pancake dishes shortly.
The CFA confirmed firefighters had been called out to a fire at the store at 7am which had caused minor damage. They said they did not believe the fire was suspicious.
A fire investigator is expected to look into the causes of the fire on Monday morning.
The restaurant also had to close due to fire three years ago when a blaze believed to have started in the chimney of the building forced around 30 customers to evacuate.
The restaurant has been a fixture in Bakery Hill for more than four decades. Set in an 1860s bluestone building, it stands at the intersection of Grenville Street and Little Bridge Street.
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