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Papa's Taverna Closes

Known for great parties and lots of dancing, Petaluma's only Greek restaurant has shuttered, another victim of the economy.

 

Papa’s Taverna, Petaluma’s only Greek restaurant, is no more.

The much-loved venue, known for its live dancing and sumptuous platters of Greek food on the banks of the Petaluma River, closed its doors January 19, the Argus Courier is reporting.

The restaurant opened in the early ‘90s by brothers Ted and Leo Papageorgacopoulos. But the venue has had a place in Petaluma history since 1880s, when it first opened as a dock, known as Donahue’s Landing, according to the article.

It was later known as Gilardi’s Lakeville Resort, a hoppin’ place where celebrities like Jerry Garcia would stop by, play some songs and move on.

A Greek band came up from Los Angeles every weekend to play at Papa’s and the dancing was notorious.

But with the economy tanking, running the restaurant became more and more difficult. However, owners Ted and Glynnis Papageorgacopoulos plan on maintaining their catering company, Acropolis Catering.

To read more, check out the Argus Courier article.

Have you dined at Papa’s? Share your memories in the comments below.

Chad M. January 25, 2013 at 07:36 PM
I wouldn't say the economy is "tanking". The economy has been on a steady incline for a couple years now. I'm sad to see this restaurant go, but I think it's more a victim of competition than anything else. Looking at the photos, it looks like the place was pretty dated and needed a renovation in order to attract more/new customers.
Marty Hirsch January 25, 2013 at 07:39 PM
This is terribly sad. So many memories! Great views, great food, great fun. Papa's you will be missed!
frolikn January 26, 2013 at 03:46 PM
One of my favorite places in Petaluma. Family owned great food and fun. Culture was ALIVE at Papa's. We're now left with boring chain restaurants with their plastic food. So very sad to see such a beautiful icon close.
Rayne Wolfe January 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM
We've had some fun and memorable nights at Papa's Taverna. It was like our Las Vegas right here at home. Whatever happened at Papa's stayed at Papa's - especially earnest folk dancing by bad dancers like ME. Sorry to see them closing. Wishing them well, for sure!
Rayne Wolfe January 27, 2013 at 11:46 PM
I have to add this great Papa's story. My husband's grandmother once got up and belly danced when she realized that people gave the dancers tips. We nearly fell on the floor in shock and laughing so hard! I also remember little tots (who are in college now) sound asleep on bench seats while their parents danced and sang. So many special gatherings that started with "What the heck. Let's go to Papas!"
Cindy Kepler January 28, 2013 at 12:19 AM
I went to Papa's over a year ago with my sister (who is new to Petaluma). The food was fabulous and the atmosphere was nice.
Viola Lucero January 31, 2013 at 05:57 PM
So sorry cause the food was outstanding in a fun venue. Will be missed.

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