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Media Life:End of line for Auburn’s Pappy’s restaurant

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Media Life columnist
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Media Life’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com. Also hear Thomson most Fridays at 6 p.m. on Dave Rosenthal’s drive-time radio show on KAHI 950 AM. He’s also a regular guest on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight.” And you can catch up with Thomson on Twitter at AJ_Media_Life.

The average lifespan of an American eatery is about seven years. Pappy’s Restaurant at the Victorian Village along Highway 49 in Auburn has stood the test of time, trend and diner fickleness to make it to the 30-year mark.

But that all comes to an end on Sunday, when owners Spero and Barrie Asimos shut down the griddle one final time.

The Asimos are closing Pappy’s, retiring from the restaurant business and moving to the coastal Oregon community of Brookings. Spero said Sunday will be the last day for the popular breakfast and lunch place. He and his wife took over a couple of years ago from his brother, George.

George Asimos opened Pappy’s in 1983. Before that, the restaurant was McDuff’s. As for the future, another North Auburn eatery is close to sealing a deal on moving to the Pappy’s location. That would mean an ownership, name and menu changes, Spero said.

For fans of the chicken-fried steak (Sacto TV personality Mark S. Allen raves about it) and other Pappy’s specialties, Sunday is a sad day.

Retired school-bus driver Wilma Callender, 80, is a regular, arriving early in the morning. She hunkers down with about 10 others in the cozy confines of Pappy’s for breakfast and a beverage.

“It’s just a nice place to be,” Callender said.

The group used to gather in the morning at Granny’s on Palm Avenue. When that restaurant closed, they moved the convivial, coffee-fueled confab up Grass Valley Highway to Pappy’s.

“Now we’ll have to find another place to go,” Callender said. “I just don’t think I’ll find a place like this. We’ve had a lot of fun here and Barrie is just a great person.”

 

Bookish news

Auburn gets a mention in a new book by Seattle-based writer David Preston. The author’s “Mourning Ride” is an e-book available online. Preston tells Media Life that he spent some time in Auburn almost two years ago, when his son was an entrant in the Auburn Half-Iron Triathlon. That has resulted in some Auburn settings being used in “Mourning Ride.” Already at work on a follow-up, Preston says that it will feature the main character’s adventures while volunteering at a series of triathlons and marathons. So Auburn may appear in that one as well, he said. Add Preston to a list of authors mentioning Auburn in print that includes Jules Verne, John Steinbeck and Danielle Steele.

 

Media Life’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com. Also hear Thomson most Fridays at 6 p.m. on Dave Rosenthal’s drive-time radio show on KAHI 950 AM. He’s also a regular guest on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight.” And you can catch up with Thomson on Twitter at AJ_Media_Life.