Pacific Electric Restaurant Menu
By Charles Wherry
Here is another menu from Pacific Electric’s 6th & Main Street restaurant.
The same photo as on the breakfast menu returns, this time in red tint. PE might have made the color choice as a help
for the wait staff to readily pick the correct menu given the time of day. This offering included a dinner selection as well
as a few breakfast items a la carte. My guess is this red cover edition sufficed for lunch and dinner. Quite a selection for
what was essentially a lunch counter operation.
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It was my understanding that Southern Pacific had a dining facility on upper floors. Perhaps some items were prepared there and sent down by some system (dumbwaiter, vacuum tubes, REA?). Can’t see this counter area handling a rush hour crowd for full meals. Anyone got an answer? Know exactly where the c.1906/11 “PE Grill” was sited in the building?
Do you know the year of this menu?
Yorkman, I can’t tell you the exact date of the menu, but the name “A. L. Decot, Manager” on the cover is possibly the same as a man I found in the 1940 U.S. Census living in Hollywood named “Andy L Decot.'” He identified himself as a “Soda Fountain Manager” employed by a “Steam railroad Subsidiary.” His WWII Draft Card, dated 16 April 1940 shows his employer as Southern Pacific Co.
So it’s not a definite match, nor does it give us the exact answer to your question if it is the same guy, but for what it’s worth.