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DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Here's your chance to own a piece of Los Angeles history: the famous Pacific Dining Car is closing its doors and selling some of its classic memorabilia.

The steakhouse had been in business for nearly a century.

Wes Idol is a grandson of the founders.

'We always wanted something pristine without pretense," said Idol.

"You could go into the diner, coming from black tie affair or coming from the beach. For some odd reason it was okay."

But the restaurant-like so many others-has become a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its Santa Monica location closed earlier this year. Now the original location in L.A. is auctioning off its memorabilia, furniture and equipment. Among the items up for sale: the big cow sign out front. The current bid is $2,025.

"Instead of thinking this is the end of something I thought this is the beginning of something. So I began to think of how to pivot," said Idol.

Idol says they're now switching to online sales, starting with their three most favored cuts of beef.

"In the beginning we'll start with steaks. I would not be surprised if we found ourselves selling our creamed spinach or chocolate soufflé or potato soufflé," said Idol.

There are three online auctions. The first ends Friday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m.

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San Jose chef and caterer Tony Santos has been pivoting madly since the coronavirus forced the temporary closing of his cafe at The Tech Interactive museum.

He’s making family meals for delivery, catering for virtual parties and creating holiday boxes for companies to send to their staffers working from home.

And he has turned his commissary kitchen in Alviso into a restaurant, Tony’s Patio BBQ.

Santos has been smoking meats for years, but he’s got a pitmaster pal for this venture. His new head chef, Paul Miller, brings both barbecue experience — he learned to smoke hogs in his native Arkansas — and a deep restaurant résumé. In the Bay Area, he’s cooked in the kitchens of Sent Sovi in Saratoga, Los Gatos Brewing Company, Martins West gastropub in Redwood City, among others.

They’re smoking brisket, baby back ribs, pulled pork and chicken leg quarters, and serving those with house-made barbecue sauce and Texas toast. Clever options on the menu include Grown Up Beanie Weenies, with hot links or kielbasa atop baked beans, and Pulled Pork Nachos.

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Smoked meats are also available on sandwiches or in salads.

Rounding out the menu are side dishes of miso cole slaw, potato salad, mac & cheese and honey mustard deviled eggs. There’s seasonal cobbler for dessert and sweet tea.

Barbecue is available for pickup, delivery or outdoor dining on the patio from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Details: 5202 N. First St., San Jose; 408-493-6090.

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