For decades, Papadakis Taverna has been the best-known attraction in San Pedro. Now, the restaurant is history. This was the place where celebrities such as Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Hanks and Paula Abdul gathered. It’s where Pete Carroll, then-coach of the owner’s beloved USC Trojans, would close the deal with high school recruits. It was where Natalie Wood was seen dinning the night before she drowned off Santa Catalina in 1981.
After 37 years of Greek dancing and plate-smashing, John Papadakis, who turns 60 this year, is closing the restaurant to move on to other interests.
A few days ago the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors honored the San Pedro landmark Papadakis Taverna. Supervisor Don Knabe, who represents the South Bay and Harbor Area, described the Greek restaurant as “one of the most enjoyable eating experiences in Los Angeles County. It’s just a wonderful, friendly, happy, warm place to have a great dinner.”