Florence joins the flip side

Florence Lord has opened a pancake house called Happy Days in Caunce Street
Florence Lord has opened a pancake house called Happy Days in Caunce Street
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A Blackpool woman is hoping she has found the recipe for success after opening her own version of an American diner.

Florence Lord has launched her eaterie which specialises in pancakes and US style food in Caunce Street.

And, in tribute to the classic 1970s and 80s TV sitcom, which had its roots in the rock’n’roll era, she has named it Happy Days.

Florence is hoping she can recreate the cool 50s and 60s look that Happy Days’ TV character The Fonz enjoyed, played by Henry Winkler.

The cafe is situated in the same building as the family furniture business Seekers. The building was previously occupied by a golf discount shop for 30 years.

She said: “It is a huge building, and we had spare rooms and I have wanted to open a cafe for years.

“Originally, I wanted a tea room, but there are so many in the area already, so I had to do some research and having eaten in an American-style pancake house and really enjoyed it, I thought of a diner.

“I love the rock’n’roll and 60s eras, so I wanted it to have that theme. It has a very retro look with the decor and furniture and colour scheme.

“I loved Happy Days, and everybody loved Fonzie because he was so cool.

“We have a jukebox playing the greats, such as Elvis, and pictures on the walls of The King, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe.

“I love the American-style pancake shops, so we will be specialising in pancakes with such things as morello cherries, blueberries or crispy bacon together with waffles, US breakfasts, apple pie and gateaux.

“We had to put in kitchens and the seating areas. It has taken us a while to get everything up and running, but we are delighted to be opening now. It’s something a bit different for the area.”