This is the old International House of Pancakes in Downtown Concord.
The old IHOP did business where Brenden Theatre is currently located on Galindo/Salvio/Willow Pass.
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I am so glad you finally mentioned the old IHOP. I have many memories of going there. The blue roof, the huge pot of coffee they put on the table and the friends who met there regularly.
I loved this place is was across the street from Lehmers GMC, Oldsmobile, Jeep, I worked there as a Service Advisor and we would send all of our customers over the eat there while waiting for their car , that was back in 1989 great memories , great food!
I think a lot of Lehmers employees went there
Blue Roof! Just reminiscing with my husband about this last Sunday!
One of the “go to” places after the Starlite Room closed up shop at 2am….walking distance if needed.
Ahhh the Starlite room. Memorys.
I fondly remember the old IHOP restaurant. I remember ALL of the IHOPs had the A-frame design. It was small inside that building.
I remember one year my husband and two young kids went there on the day after Christmas Day (It was the year that Ralph Lauren’s “Georgio” perfume came out and EVERYBODY was wearing it). We walked into that little restaurant and I’m guessing either several women got that perfume for Christmas and thought it was suitable to wear to breakfast or, one lady swam laps in it, because it was so overwhelming, we had to leave before we ordered, that’s how bad it was. (Some restaurants in San Francisco actually had signs up or told you when you were making reservations:
NO Georgio Perfume
It’s too bad we’ve lost those small quaint recognizable businesses over the years; we’ll never get those back.
We were looking for a place to live to get me closer to my job in Alameda in 1974 and decided to look in Concord, a place neither of us had ever been to. As I recall, that is where we ate on our first visit to Concord. We liked the city, rented an apartment where we stayed for a year and then bought our first house in Concord at the end of that year. Two years later we bought a new house in Clayton that we still live in.
Good one Doc!
Back in the mid 70’s as Teenagers, Myself and two friends after a large nightly gathering at Ellis Park decided to go to the Pancake house and Dine & Dash. After stuffing Our selves with serval plates of food We all three got up and ran out the front door and around the corner towards Park & Shop with the Cook hot on Our Tails! As We were running down the hill on the side walk one of My Friends tripped on an uneven spot on the side walk and went flying through the air and although He wasn’t seriously injured He was busted and Our other Buddy just kept on running and didn’t ever get busted Because back then People didn’t tell on each other. That was the last time though for that kind of thing
@Dr. Jellyfinger.…. Smucker’s used to make boysenberry syrup back in the ’70s/’80s and sold in the grocery stores(I stocked many bottles in those days), they were probably the vendors to IHOP for syrups back then. I just checked and Smucker’s doesn’t make boysenberry now just blueberry, definitely not the same. Real boysenberry syrup is pretty pricey like real maple syrup.
Used to be one in Walnut Creek as well where Big 5 is today.
oh, I fondly remember this place. I loved their Blueberry pancakes. And I remember two waitresses that worked there for years. Can’t remember their names now, but man, they were funny, and they made you feel like you’re part of their family
I sure miss that place
That was the first place I ate at in 1982 when my ship the USS Haleakala(AE-25) came into port after deployment at the Naval Weapons station. After that I visited the Buckhorn bar and Sage room right across the street.
Jim Gaffigan said it best!
Owners Don and Marge Bertrand. I believe the main cook’s name was George.
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