Jerry Lapin, Al Lapin, and Albert Kallis founded International House of Pancakes in 1958 with the help of Sherwood Rosenberg and William Kaye. The first restaurant opened on July 7, 1958, at 4301 Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California.

The location is coincidentally across from the oldest remaining Bob’s Big Boy restaurant. Albert Kallis was a professional artist who designed the film posters of American International Pictures in the 1950s. Director Bert I. Gordon recalled that Kallis designed their logo and left poster artwork.

The menu later expanded (especially in the 1980s) to include (along with breakfast foods) standard lunch and dinner items found in similar restaurant chains such as Denny’s. From 1959 to 1975, it was the flagship division of International Industries, a holding company which also owned the Orange Julius refreshment stands.


30 thoughts on “THINKING PANCAKES…

  1. IHOP advertises all you can eat pancakes on special days now. They’ve certainly adapted well to the
    Explosion of obesity times. Thus nowadays, I’m looking more at their senior menus.

    1. Obesity is bad. Senior menus are good. All you can eat is a blessing for those homeless. I think a lot of restaurants are too prestigious to honor a homeless all-you-can eat day. 🤔

    1. There is something so special about being catered to and pancakes with coffee and the fixins. Your Inn must have been a BnB.💞

  2. I’m glad you mentioned Bob’s Big Boy, as it brought back a wonderful memory. I don’t know about now, but on Friday nights, Bob’s “hosted” a fancy car night. My friend took me once. The cars included one of the first Shelbys, the Adam-12 police car, as well as a few dozen others. It was fun.

    1. Thank you Judy for sharing your beautiful memory. Those were the days. Fun and amazing! If I had known those days were going to pass away so fast, I would have bottled them. LOL! Sending Hugs and blessings to you for your festive day and week💞🎶🍮🍮🍂🥞🍳

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