Stokers began its story in the quiet North-Eastern suburb of Ivanhoe. It was set up in a converted old Victorian house with a layout resembling that of a family home. The front door opened up to a small family kitchen with aged appliances and a small bar. The dimly lit main dining room had a large red open fireplace as the centrepiece, accompanied by an upright piano, and heavy timber tables and bench seats. The Windows were covered with dark heavy curtains, which meant from the outside, it was hard to tell that the place was open except for the lightbox with "STOKERS" on it. For 37 years, this cosy little hidden gem served pancakes and drinks to the wee hours of the morning. This place had become a local institution not only known for great pancakes but also a place where people can relax and disconnect from the world and connect with people.
In 2014, Stokers expanded it's presence in Melbourne, opening a second location in South Melbourne. While preserving the homely and cosy characteristics and having a fireplace for winter, South Melbourne has a more vibrant concept with expanded menu offerings. Now serving breakfast all the way to midnight, offering an extensive and yet unique range of savoury and dessert pancakes. Some notable unique dishes includes the pancake chips, honey and almond frangipane pancakes, Cuban pulled pork pancakes, and pancake omelette. Now in its 7th year in South Melbourne, Stokers had become a local favourite spot for weekend brunches, and late-night hang out and casual date night spot.
Sadly, due to major land redevelopment in Ivanhoe, the original store had shut its doors in 2015. Stokers will continue to be passionate about serving the best pancakes and creating wonderful lasting memories for everyone that comes through.
Wednesday - Sunday: 6pm - 12am
Saturday & Sunday: 9am - 4pm