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A family tradition in the Wisconsin Dells for over 50 years!

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1960's

Chuck Thompson was a Wisconsin Dells Junior High teacher when he and his wife, Dianne, took on a couple of new challenges. They gave birth to their second daughter Elizabeth Jane (Liz) as well as decided to purchase the Edwards Pancake House, a tiny restaurant specializing in... you guessed it... pancakes! They renamed the restaurant Mr. Pancake. Edwards Pancake House had been a favorite with the locals but when Dianne, a Home Ec major, and an accomplished gourmet cook added her magic to Mr. Pancake’s menu the restaurant’s popularity quickly spread.

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Chuck Thompson was a Wisconsin Dells Junior High teacher when he and his wife, Dianne, took on a couple of new challenges. They gave birth to their second daughter Elizabeth Jane (Liz) as well as decided to purchase the Edwards Pancake House, a tiny restaurant specializing in... you guessed it... pancakes! They renamed the restaurant Mr. Pancake. Edwards Pancake House had been a favorite with the locals but when Dianne, a Home Ec major, and an accomplished gourmet cook added her magic to Mr. Pancake’s menu the restaurant’s popularity quickly spread.

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1970's

Being restauranteurs came naturally to the young, energetic Thompsons. They bought several other area restaurants between 1962 and 1964. By 1964 the Thompsons were so successful Chuck retired from teaching to focus on running the restaurants. Dianne efficiently managed the staff and kitchens while Chuck took care of the business aspects of each location. Chuck’s ever-ready smile and easy-going manner somehow seemed to make the daily challenges disappear and their determination to provide customers with delicious affordable menu options and exceptional service became known as “The Thompson Family’s Tradition of Excellence”.

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Being restauranteurs came naturally to the young, energetic Thompsons. They bought several other area restaurants between 1962 and 1964. By 1964 the Thompsons were so successful Chuck retired from teaching to focus on running the restaurants. Dianne efficiently managed the staff and kitchens while Chuck took care of the business aspects of each location. Chuck’s ever-ready smile and easy-going manner somehow seemed to make the daily challenges disappear and their determination to provide customers with delicious affordable menu options and exceptional service became known as “The Thompson Family’s Tradition of Excellence”.

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1980's

Over the years their daughters, Liz and Julie, often worked alongside their parents. In 1980, Liz took over managing Mr. Pancake and today 50+ years later, it appears the third generation of Thompson’s may be preparing to step-in and carry-on the “Thompson Family’s Tradition of Excellence”.

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Over the years their daughters, Liz and Julie, often worked alongside their parents. In 1980, Liz took over managing Mr. Pancake and today 50+ years later, it appears the third generation of Thompson’s may be preparing to step-in and carry-on the “Thompson Family’s Tradition of Excellence”.

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2012

Tragically, Charles “Chuck” Thompson, passed away from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare degenerative neurological disorder. All who had the good fortune to know Chuck Thompson will miss his big heart, humorous spirit, and kind presence.

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Tragically, Charles “Chuck” Thompson, passed away from Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, a rare degenerative neurological disorder. All who had the good fortune to know Chuck Thompson will miss his big heart, humorous spirit, and kind presence.