Manufacturer: Tepco China
User: The Broiler – Sacramento, California
Date of soup plate: circa 1950 – 1968
Notes: From the Sacramento Business Journal article by Mark Anderson on September 3, 2013: "The Broiler, a Sacramento steakhouse since 1950, closed over Labor Day weekend. The website simply says 'The Broiler is closed.'
"For years a Sacramento dining staple, The Broiler maintained an old school menu of steaks, chops and seafood — although it had some vegetable dishes such as marinated beet salad with arugula, frisée, toasted almonds and goat cheese and a wild mushroom soup.
"But steaks and chops were the name of the game, including the massive porterhouse steak and an entire Frenched rack of lamb.
"It also was one of the last places in town where one could find on the regular menu items such as filet Oscar, steak Diane, beef Wellington and baked Alaska.
"Started on 10th and J streets with its grill and kitchen located literally at the entrance, the restaurant moved to 1201 K St. on the ground floor of the 'Ban Roll-on' building in 1999.
"The owners, a couple of years later, added Gallagher's Pub, which they also owned and which had been in East Sacramento, to the other side of the lobby in the K Street office building."
The last owners of The Broiler, Larry and Marilou Lords, purchased the restaurant in 1984. The Broiler had long been part of the fabric of the state Capitol for lobbyists and politicians, with its neon sign out front and dark interior furnishings.
Tan body – Wallace China's Desert Ware – utilizing the Tweed pattern. The restaurant's logo is placed on the soup plate's top rim in one of the square's corners, interrupting the Tweed pattern lines. The logo is an irregular rectangle with the word "the" in lower case script over the word "Broiler" which is in stylized block letters.
Sacramento Business Journal – article by Mark Anderson on September 3, 2013
For additional info:
Tweed Pattern by Wallace China and Tepco China
Soup plate photos: Philip Williams
Salad bowl photos: Seth Katz
Author: Ed Phillips