Never seen a thread about Papa Don's sandwich shop in South Pasadena before, but there should have been.
Seemed like a sole proprietorship type place that made some pretty creative sandwiches along with the standards. It is on Pasadena Ave right where it crosses the Gold Line tracks.
Anyway, I went by there on Tuesday and there was a sign in the window that they were closed for a family emergency. I went back today and there was a note saying that Harry, the main owner/operator, had passed away on the 5th. Pretty shocking. He was old, but not ancient.
He was gruff, but not rude (well, maybe a bit rude), but he did have soft spots for many of his loyal customers. That this group did not include me makes no difference. I loved the place and he will be sorely missed.
I assume it will continue to operate, but it will be hard to maintain the same type of atmosphere w/o him behind the counter yelling at you that they were out of rolls or that you couldn't take one of his hot sandwiches to go.