When Pat & Oscar opened their first restaurant in 1991, they had a great vision of creating a family escape they couldn't find in San Diego - one similar to their special dining experience at home. They wanted a good value, where one night a week the cooking and dishes were left behind. The recipes had to be the highest quality, true to family tradition and fun to share. The kitchen had to be the "Heart of the House". The atmosphere had to be casual yet relaxing, where something is always happening. And the décor had to be warm yet family-friendly, where nothing is "fancy" so that a kid can be a kid.