The steak house and coffee shop at Brand and Glenoaks boulevards that Jack Pike opened in 1947 was immediately popular. By 1951, Pike’s Steak House had added the Oak Room and was famous for its Spencer steak, served with baked potato.
“Every Sunday, the family would get takeout from there and eat at home. That gave us the family time we didn't get during the week,” said son Jack Pike (who went by Jay when his father was alive) as he recalled in a recent series of emails from his Las Vegas home.
“Thinking back, as a really young kid, dad and mom were gone a lot during the week but always made time for [me and my brother Chris] especially on Sunday.”
His parents didn’t...