Below you can read about our family history and why we opened the restaurant in historical family fashion.
A TRIBUTE - The Old European's Story
1989: The concept of REMEMBERING OUR HERITAGE, came to life in the form of “Old Country Waffles Cakes and Teas,” (later to be renamed the Old European Restaurant), opened in Pullman Washington.
It came about that a little deserted building standing alone, which had seen better days as Smitty’s Pancake House, missed the activity and the people it once knew. Francie Parker was asked by her husband Rick Pedersen, to develop a name, a concept, a corresponding menu and a décor which would give the little building a new and unique life.
What better way than to pay tribute to the marvelous thinking, endurance, and hard work which led our nations founding fathers, our grandparents, great and great, great grandparents to create their home and our beloved country? The idea came to her mind to use this little restaurant in Pullman Washington, to tell their stories, and serve their favorite recipes brought from “the Old Country”. It served as a perfect tribute to their dedication to God, Family, and country. We as the grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren continue this tribute in the form of Old European Restaurants.
The mission statement she chose is “Gosc w Dom, Bag w Dom”. A Polish saying which means, Guest in the House, God in the House. If a theme song could be played, it would be Neil Diamonds “ They Come to America.”
In today’s fast food world, life has become all about money making and saving a buck. Plastic has replaced wood and steel. Fabrication has replaced craftsmanship. Mixes have replaced foods prepared from scratch. BUT, not at the Old European Restaurants. We actually use original recipes which have made it across the Atlantic. All our batters are made fresh with real products like eggs that we crack, 100% butter and milk. We serve real potatoes, real whipped cream, real raspberry jam, fresh ground coffee, and yes, we do squeeze real oranges so we can serve you REAL orange juice.
Unique and special signature items which you had better try or miss out are; German Potato Pancakes, Danish Aebelskievers, Dutch Babies, Swedish Crepes, Cream of Tomato Basil Soup with homemade Sunflower Wheat Bread. Also for lunch you can get a real German Ruben on Dark Rye, or a Greek Chicken and Vegetable sandwich. with an array of homemade soups.
In hopes of remembering…
It has happened through the years, Francie and her daughters are the “original members” still involved in this small family business in Pullman. Rick is no longer involved. The Post Falls location is a partnership involving all of the above , which is managed by Melynnda a great granddaughter, and her husband Nate Thiessen. Everyone involved understands the rich heritage passed to us, appreciates it, and strives to carry on the traditions in the form of real food and great service.
Please enjoy the stories she shares in the menu. You also will notice that we would also love for you to send us stories and recipes that your family may have. Melynnda, (one of the great grand daughters) would love to put it on our web sight, if you would only press the contact us button, and talk to her, you also will be keeping memories to be honored, alive.
Marie Mekkelsen was born into a poor family of 11, in Lander, Denmark in 1888. At the young age of 9, she was hired out as a housekeeper. At age 15 she cleaned for a lawyer’s family. One-half year’s wages paid enough for her to buy a pair of shoes. In the year 1906, 18 years old, Marie came to America. Her brother, who had managed to borrow $50, had come ahead of her and paid her fare. The farewell meal prepared by her mother was her favorite, Danish Aebelskivers.
We hope you enjoy sharing this family dining tradition with us, and that you feel free to share your stories.
In the Old Country, coffee was not easy to afford and was often unavailable for purchase. To many folks who had left
The Samuel Parker family, descendants of John Knox, the Presbyterian minister of Wales, immigrated to America in the early 1800's. Initially, they found occupation in Iowa. By the mid 1800's, his son Henry Parker wished for more of the American dream of owning property, and the opportunity to carve a life out of the land. Henry packed up his wife and children, Neil, Henry Samuel, Ida, Vera, and Frances, in a covered wagon. This family established one of the early homesteads in the Flathead Valley. They began in a one room cabin, Indian raided their out door ice chest, yet the family maintained complete self sufficiency. The children became quite progressive, and were of the first in the Valley to own a model T, generate electricity, and have a telephone. How does this relate to raspberry jam? The Parkers brought with them raspberry bush starts. Aunt Ida and Aunt Vera ( Frances, who Francie was named after, died of illness in harsh conditions), kept the raspberry patch alive all those years until they were turned over to the grand children, Francie's mom and dad and great grandchildren. From them we learned all about gardening, canning, cooking and preserving. Today as their descendants, we can do no less than to serve homemade raspberry jam, made in house from real berries. Thank-you Aunt Ida and Vera and Grandpa Sam, and Uncle Neil for your hard work and the respect you passed on for God, family, and country.
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