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Papadakis Taverna in San Pedro is nearing its last dance
Papadakis Taverna in San Pedro is nearing its last dance

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 dollar 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. For decades, Papadakis Taverna has been the best-known attraction in San Pedro, not just for its food and atmosphere, but as an...

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