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 which had at one time been a pancake house, sat alone and deserted, and needed to be reopened. Francie Parker was asked by her then husband Rick Pedersen and the other investors, to develop a name, a menu, and a décor, that would make this little business have a special life.
In setting out to do that very thing, contemplation of the marvelous thinking, hard work and endurance which led our founding fathers, grandparents, great and great, great grandparents, to create their home and our country, served as reason to honor them in a small way. The idea of using a restaurant to tell their stories, and serve their favorite recipes, seemed a perfect tribute to their dedication to God, Family, and Country, if indeed the food was prepared from scratch as they had, and if the service was from the heart. Twenty years later, this tribute continues.
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, 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 that Francie is the only original member who has not departed from the family business. However, other family members have become a part of the organization, and they too understand this heritage, and strive to serve.
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 email us, and talk to her, you also will be keeping memories to be honored, alive.
Authentic European Recipes, All Betters Made from Scratch, No Mixes, No Microwaves, No Frozen Foods, Build on Authentic "Old World" Recipes
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