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Our History

The history of this building goes back to the late 1800s when a single-family house was constructed on what was then a four-acre parcel. The property changed hands and was enjoyed by several early Anaheim families.

Then, in 1934, the property again changed hands and the house was converted into a modest restaurant known as the Dorothy-Wade Cafe. The building's identity as a hospitality house was firmly established.

Erma Hueneke and Les Highet, in1953 founded The Original Pancake House in Portland Oregon and quickly gained national acclaim for their menu. Their dairyman, Raymond Birkland, was a fan too. In 1958, after a major remodel, he and his wife, Anita brought the brand to Anaheim, California and lived in the apartment over the restaurant. He was known for his Cadillac car collection he kept in garages on site and his harsh treatment of his employees. His unwavering standards, however, and Anita’s gracious hospitality allowed the Original Pancake House to become an iconic Anaheim restaurant.

Adam Voll is the Godson of Anita and he started washing dishes at OPH in 1980. He was naturally drawn to culinary art and the hospitality industry. He and his family purchased the business in 2006. Today you can find him on the cook’s line next to his eldest son, Jon. Jake, the youngest Voll, busses tables and wash the dishes.

Once again, a major remodel was undertaken in 2019 to provide full access to our Americans with disabilities. The remodel was completed in March of 2020, just as the Pandemic hit.

Today, the Original Pancake House still rests on the "good bones" of that original house, and still offers only the best to its legions of loyal patrons.