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Phil's Pancake House fonds


Physical Description:
36 cm of textual records. -- 4 photographs

Phil's Pancake House was founded in Calgary, Alberta by Phil Tetrault, 1929-2006. In 1956 he had opened a small coffee shop called Phil's Snack Bar, then in 1960 opened the first Phil's Pancake House on the Trans-Canada Highway (16th Avenue) near Motel Village. The restaurant was an immediate success, and the franchise expanded over the years with Phil's Pancake Houses being established in several other Calgary locations, Banff, Lethbridge, Regina, Kamloops, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Saskatoon and Brooks. In the 1970s Tetrault also ran Phil's Chuckwagon Catering, a travelling western-themed food service. Phil's children, Chris Tetrault and Melanie Tetrault-Klapeki, took over the restaurants in 2000. In 2006 there were six restaurants still operating, four in Calgary, one in Banff, and one in Red Deer.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of menus, promotional material for both the restaurants and catering service, newspaper clippings, designs for uniforms, children's bibs, and a lease for the first Pancake House. Includes photographs of a restaurant, staff and parade float.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Chris Tetrault, 2007, and purchased from Patricia Crockett, 2015.

The material is in English.

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Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Uniforms used in the restaurants are held in the Cultural History collection at Glenbow.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-9230, PA-3749

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