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After 61 years, the Longhorn Charcoal Pit Restaurant in Sunnyvale closed.

Mixed use is planned for the Fremont Corners Center in Sunnyvale. (Nath V Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

Longhorn Charcoal Pit has introduced its last steak sandwich.

Sixty-one years after opening, Longhorn closed at the end of business on Sunday, with development plans on the horizon of Fremont Avenue and the Fremont Corners Center on Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road.

Owners Dave and Jane Han, who have been running the Old West Themed Restaurant for the past 30 years, published a customer thank you note.

“We are sorry that you have not been able to announce our closure in advance, but it should not be far from grateful that we feel that we have been able to run this restaurant for so long and that we are happy. We’ve presented and tested a lot of people. Among you. We’ll miss you! “

But Hans hopes they will open up elsewhere.

“This will not be the last time you see us. We intend to stay in the area and continue the restaurant business.

Sunnyvale Mayor Larry Klein signaled a meal in Longhorn during his epidemic campaign to help local businesses. He visited more than 100 restaurants.

“This is a classic dinner experience of the past, with wagon wheel chandeliers, Western goods and pictures of John Wayne on the wall,” he wrote in his account. “I ordered their steak sandwiches and fries for lunch. It was an old-school lunch, in which the steak was cooked exactly as I had ordered, between a fresh bun of lettuce, tomatoes. And with the onion. It was filling and as I remembered.

Longhorn opened in 1960, making it one of the longest-running restaurants in the city, according to the Mercury News Archives.

On their 20th birthday in 1980, owners Peter and Sam Paulus decided they wanted to give something back to their customers. They refunded the prices. For one day, a New York flour with salad, baked potatoes and garlic bread sold for $ 1.49 for ڈالر 4.59. A hot dog went for 30 cents.

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