Pappy’s Restaurant has shift change

Brother of long-time owner takes the helm
By: Gloria Young Journal Staff Writer
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A longtime Auburn eatery’s new managers say customers can continue to expect the same family friendly atmosphere and home-style food. Spero Asimos and Barrie Asimos took over Pappy’s Restaurant on Oct. 1. It has been in the same spot at the Victorian Village Center on Highway 49 for 28 years, said Spero, who is the brother of owner George Apostolos. The restaurant has suffered in the economic downturn, exacerbated by nearby construction on Highway 49 earlier this year. “When my brother first opened, his was the only place in that area,” Asimos said Wednesday. “More and more restaurants have come in, so the piece of the pie has gotten smaller.” The menu includes breakfast and lunch, including daily specials. “It’s a new menu,” Asimos said. “We’re adding a lot of healthier choices.” One recent change is the elimination of the salad bar. Customers can now choose from a large salad selection on the menu. Some of Pappy’s customers have been eating there since it opened. Others, like Auburn resident Wilma Callender, discovered it more recently. Callender has been a regular for the past six months. “A restaurant we used to go to all the time, Granny’s Café, closed,” she said. “So, a group of us decided to try Pappy’s and we decided we like it. We like the people who own it. They’re a lot of fun. It’s a really friendly place.” Callender, who is on a diet, orders a special plate. “I say ‘give me a Wilma’s,’ so I get scrambled eggs, cottage cheese and bacon,” she said. “The French dip sandwich is scrumptious. They have fabulous waffles and great pancakes. (Barrie) makes the pies.” Asimos plan to do some redecorating and upgrade the decor, “as we can and funds allow,” Spero said. He and his wife bring many years in the food business, including running a Greek restaurant in San Francisco for 15 years. More recently, Spero taught Tai Chi in Auburn. But he’s given that up to concentrate on Pappy’s. “After we get rolling and things are running more smoothly, we’re going to (expand the) specials and introduce some Greek items,” Asimos said. He also plans to add catering. The restaurant supports the community with donations to the Interfaith Food Closet, he said. --------------------- Pappy’s Restaurant Where: 1179 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily Phone: (530) 823-5449 Takeout also available