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Buggy Whip restaurant reopens with familiar menu

Larry LeSieur, general manager and son of the restaurant’s founder, poses inside the newly reopened Buggy Whip restaurant on Fulton Avenue in Sacramento. After a four-year hiatus, the beloved steakhouse is back in business.
Larry LeSieur, general manager and son of the restaurant’s founder, poses inside the newly reopened Buggy Whip restaurant on Fulton Avenue in Sacramento. After a four-year hiatus, the beloved steakhouse is back in business. Allen Pierleoni

The Buggy Whip is back — just in time for Thanksgiving.

The beloved Sacramento steakhouse, which had been closed since 2012, recently reopened for business with little hoopla but a hungry fan base. First day of its new life was Nov. 3 with a “soft opening.” A brighter and lighter remodeled interior greeted back customers to the Fulton Avenue landmark, which still looks pretty much the same from the outside.

“We refreshened everything,” said general manager Larry LeSieur, the restaurant’s former owner and son of its founder. “We made it the same, just nicer.”

The turf-and-surf menu has been freshened up, too, with more variety and daily specials to attract a wider audience. But for its devoted fans, the Buggy Whip brought back many of its old-time favorites such as steak salad, crab Louis, prawn cocktail, prime rib, ribeye sandwich and the always popular steak dinner for two.

“The response has been very good,” LeSieur said. “Everybody really likes it; (customers) are so happy we’re back. It’s wonderful.”

Originally opened in 1959 by Aaron LeSieur, Buggy Whip is back in its same brick-faced building at 2737 Fulton Ave., Sacramento, north of El Camino Avenue. Look for the banner that serves as its temporary sign. The restaurant’s new website — www.buggywhipsac.com — also is a work in progress.

Tax issues, bankruptcy and other financial problems closed the restaurant in 2012. But with a new business partner and renewed enthusiasm, Larry LeSieur managed to get the Buggy Whip back on its feet.

“I started working here when I was 9 years old,” he said. “This is home.”

Buggy Whip is now open for lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and dinner 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. The bar opens for Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. Currently, weekend service is brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

In addition, the Buggy Whip will offer a special Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 27 for $29.95 and is taking reservations for holiday parties. Call (916) 900-8644.

Call The Bee’s Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.

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