There’s a new Richard Walker’s Pancake House in Carlsbad with stained glass wafting over its indoor and al fresco dining. The ever-present Walker Rabbit greets guests from the Corner Booth. He reappears in the stained glass screen between kitchen and dining, this time hiding in plain sight. Can’t find him?: Check out the last photo.Read more
Mark Bausback, AIA: BausArch, San Diego, CA
Mark Simons, General Contractor/Construction Mgmt: CLTVT, Carlsbad, CA
Ricardo Alcantara, President: Architectural Millwork Solutions, Inc., Vista, CA
Mike Bennett, President: Bennett Glass, Inc., Escondido, CA
Corner Booth Windows
2 at 4.85' and 2.75' w. each by 7.17' h.
Magical Aromas: Suspended Divider Screen
10.6' w. by 3.0' h.
various widths by 2.3' h. each
There’s a new Richard Walker’s Pancake House in Carlsbad with stained glass wafting over its indoor and al fresco dining. The ever-present Walker Rabbit greets guests from the Corner Booth. He reappears in the stained glass screen between kitchen and dining, this time hiding in plain sight. Can’t find him?: Check out the last photo.
SOME BACKGROUND: The Carlsbad restaurant joins a 3-generation procession of award-winning pancake restaurants spanning from Illinois to California. The stained glass tradition began at Walker-family restaurants in the Chicago area in 1960 when Richard Walker, Sr.’s father and uncle filled their first Pancake House with examples of Chicago’s historic stained glass. In the mid 1990s, Architectural Stained Glass created stained glass for Richard Walker’s second Pancake House in Crystal Lake (near Chicago). Fast-forward to this century when ASG was once again called on to create stained glass for a new pancake house, this time in the Gas Lamp District of downtown San Diego. Just a few years later, Richard’s son, Richard, Jr. opened his first Richard Walker’s Pancake House in nearby La Jolla. ASG was once again honored to create its stained glass. Richard, Jr. has just opened the newest (and his second) RWPH in Carlsbad (featured here).
NOW BACK TO CARLSBAD: As one of the flagship businesses in the Square at Bressi Ranch (Carlsbad’s newest dining and shopping mecca), this gem of a restaurant is already becoming an award-winning dining destination for locals and visitors alike. See San Diego Union Tribune , also: “Best Breakfast Restaurant in the USA”, USA Today. There’s always a (fast-moving) line. It goes without saying that the breakfast offerings are mouthwatering and nearly impossible to choose among. However, for something different, here’s my insider tip: Richie’s BLT gets my vote with its patented, thick-sliced, cast-iron-pressed, designer bacon and locally sourced veggies on Texas toast!
WHAT’S UP WITH THE RABBIT? “In numerous cultures throughout the world, the rabbit symbolically indicates comfort, abundance and family. Richard Walker’s Pancake House has chosen the symbol of the Rabbit to communicate our warmest gesture of “Welcome Home.” We hope that any time you see the Richard Walker’s Rabbit you find the symbol as comforting as we do.” –from the RWPH website. Each time ASG has created stained glass for a Richard Walker’s, we’ve included the Rabbit. Sometimes he’s elusively leaping into or out of view. Sometimes he’s in plain sight. Here in Carlsbad he makes two appearances. As official greeter from the Corner Booth, he’s obvious, but you’ll probably need some help finding him in the Screen in front of the Kitchen. . . His whereabouts is revealed in the last photo on this webpage.
Click to see ASG’s stained glass in other Richard Walker’s Pancake Houses in the San Diego area:
Materials: European Mouthblown Glass, Austrian Lead Crystal Prisms, Lead, Solder