How it All Began
In the early days of the Pine Cone's history, it was a low
key, neighborhood cafe. During the 1950's the cafe was
with individual juke boxes at each of the tables, there were hot
rod cars out front, milkshakes, burgers
In 1958, when long time owners Art
& Nita Fowler took over, it became a popular University
Art cooked in the kitchen, and Nita worked the counter.
After owning the Pine Cone Cafe for for nearly 15 years, the
Fowlers sold the cafe to new owners. In the mid 1970's,
the Cafe was expanded, taking over the dry cleaners in the
corner space, and expanding the dining room to its present
configuration. Eventually, they sold the restaurant
in 1972, and several years and a couple of owners later, local boy Steve Warp stepped in, and bought the
restaurant, with the intention of saving a local landmark.
A local boy who grew up in University Place, Warp graduated
from Curtis High School and Washington State University.
As a youth, Warp frequented the Pine Cone for a quick meal now
and then, not realizing that one day he would own the
The Pine Cone Today
Today, the Cafe
serves a loyal crowd of regular patrons, families, seniors and
local business clubs such as Kiwanis. Many long-time
customers say: 'I've been coming here since the '60's".
They come for breakfast, lunch and dinner, some waiting a few
extra minutes for their favorite booth or table to open up;
savoring the home style cooking and home made soups, salad
dressings and classic menu items such as open-faced Turkey
sandwiches and pies that were a staple of the diners of the
Many 90th birthday parties have been held at the Pine Cone,
even one patron who celebrated his 100th birthday at the Pine
"We are the official eatery of the 2015 US Open
golf tournament" says Warp, in anticipation of throngs of golf
fans swarming the area in 2015. The Pine Cone Cafe's close
proximity to Chambers Bay Golf Course is a convenient meal stop
for golf fans on their way to and from the tournament.
Over 50,000 people per day are expected to visit the tournament.
Sundays are the busiest for the Cafe, when breakfast is served
all day. Families like to come on weekends, bringing the
kids for some good, kid-friendly food. Favorite menu items
include the Senior Breakfast, burgers, fish & chips, flame
broiled burgers and "The best spaghetti in town".
Come on down
to "The Oldest Restaurant In Town", and find out why people keep
coming back year after year...
Pine Cone Cafe
Owner Steve Warp