The Magic Pan

The Magic Pan

About The Magic Pan

The Magic Pan was an American chain of full-service restaurants specializing in crepes, popular in the late 1970s through early 1990s. The Magic Pan restaurant company was started at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, California, by Hungarian immigrants Lazlo and Paulette Fono. Lazlo Fono is generally recognized as the man who invented the crepe making machine used in the chain's restaurants, starting in the mid-1960s. The Quaker Oats Company acquired Magic Pan from the Fonos in 1970, and it became the company's primary restaurant chain. Quaker Oats sold the company to an Oakland, California-based company, Bay Bottlers, in 1982, at which time there were 110 Magic Pan locations throughout the United States and Canada. Bay Bottlers, a Royal Crown/Canada Dry affiliate RC Cola, brought in Kim Andereck as the company's Senior Vice President in 1985.

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