- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - The last of the old Van de Kamp Holland Dutch Bakery windmills is spinning again.

The Denny’s diner chain on Wednesday reactivated the dormant windmill atop its Arcadia location, a former Van de Kamp coffee shop.

Windmills were once the ubiquitous symbol of Van de Kamp bakeries and restaurants around Southern California. The Arcadia location opened in 1967 and Denny’s acquired it in 1989. The rooftop windmill hadn’t spun in decades.

Denny’s President and CEO John Miller tells the Pasadena Star-News (https://bit.ly/298L8Kl) the company spent about $100,000 to replaced the motor, reinforce the blades and add LED lighting.

The crowd witnessing the reactivation included architect Harold Bissner Jr., who designed the template for 15 Van de Kamp coffee shops including Arcadia. Bissner says it’s nice to know there’s one left.


Information from: Pasadena Star-News, https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/

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