Papadakis Taverna Closing: San Pedro Landmark Will Face The Moussaka On Sunday

03/30/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

John Papadakis' restaurant is a lot like its owner -- big, brash and loud. No dim lights, no quiet romantic evening here. On a typical night, the music builds and Papadakis breaks into a Greek dance with a waitress, a pair of belly dancers wriggle through the aisles as the owner tosses dollars bills at them, an 88-year-old tuxedo-clad violinist who played with Frank Sinatra strolls through the restaurant.

Plates break, a dish of saganaki is set on fire. A tap dancer in a baggy suit stomps in front of a self-portrait of Anthony Quinn as Zorba the Greek.

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