17 July 2007

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Last Saturday night began like a night unfamiliar to the stereotypical blogger - I took my girlfriend out to dinner for her birthday. I chose a Greek place called Papadakis Taverna, which I was vaguely aware had some football connections. The owner's son is Petros Papadakis, former USC tailback and announcer extraordinaire for a variety of LA sports and radio shows. He's also the host of Spike's "Pros v. Joes." By the end of the night, it became a night worthy of a sports blog.
That's because Petros Papadakis was our waiter. The glory and shock of it all went right over my girlfriend's head. "Petros who?" she wondered. But being served by Petros was truly a glorious affair. Yes, he's as brash and entertaining as he is on the radio and tv. It was fun to watch.

Like he must have done 1,000 times before, Petros acted as our waiter. He brought out the tray of meat, he danced with the rest of the waiters, he lighted the cheese on fire, and he showed off his big mouth.

"How's the lamb?" Petros asked us after bringing out our meals. "I sucked the fat right out of it myself!"
This could easily turn into a hit-job on Petros. Yet there's no reason to be mean. I'd guess he doesn't do it for the money - he probably doesn't need it. And I don't know how often he does it. But more than anything it was touching to see him there. Petros has made it in many ways, he's all over SoCal radio and TV. Yet he hasn't turned his back on his family. He's not too good to wait tables any more. He was there alongside the rest of the Papadakis clan, taking part in the family business. It was more a definition of what it means to be family than anything else. You used to hear about family restaurants, but this one was here in the flesh.

The meal and the entire experience was tremendous. Have you ever eaten at a place that had a belly dancer, violin player, opera singer, and tap dancer all as entertainment? You can find it at Papadakis. Most importantly, my girlfriend had a great time. That's the most important thing - Petros or no Petros.

While I'm at it - Hey Petros! How'd you like that tip I left you?

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Ontario Emperor said...

Perhaps I'm overspeculating, but it seems that family traditions are more prevalent in immigrant families. Not sure if Petros' father was born here or in Greece, but my guess is the latter. Yet you don't see this in all immigrant families - John Belushi, for one, was not close to his father - so some of it has to do with the family members themselves. I've heard Petros' father on occasion on KLAC; it seems like they have a good relationship.

The Beautiful Game said...

not a big petros fan, but that's pretty cool that he helps out there

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petros rocks!i have met him a few times talk about a really cool usc icon and a all around cool guy,plus great food at the tavern....

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Petros DOESNT DO IT FOR THE MONEY?
ARE YOU KIDDING?
YOU must HAVE NO IDEA HOW LITTLE THOSE SPORTS TALK RADIO APPEARANCES PAY DO YOU?

LET'S JUST PUT IT THIS WAY- WHEN PETROS SUBS FOR JIM ROME- HIS ONE DAY PAY IS MORE THAN HIS TWO WEEK CHECK OF LOCAL STUFF- I do not say this to be mean either-- just to let everyone know- THE NATIONALLY SYNDICATED GIGS ARE WHERE THE MONEY IS AT- and until Petros and MOney get thiers--- and I TOTALLY KNOW THEY WILL- they will be hawking a lot of things (sleep apnea machines anyone!:-)

THE Point -- the goal- OF A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT DO WHAT PETROS - AND MONEY- AND JUST ABOUT EVERY LOCAL DJ AND/OR ON AIR-PERSONALITY is trying to do is become the NEXT Jim ROME- HOWARD STERN- KATIE KOURAC BOB COSTAS-- OR WHOMEVER IT IS they aspire to be--for the FAME and freedom that the money represents -- when petros is making Howard Stern money- Im sure his entire family will be UNDERemployed!! but until then- Think about it- Petros is multi talented- but-- do you really think that the family could NOT find a waiter in LOS ANGELES?


there are millions of people out there right now who want to be where Petros is who would kill for a weekend shift at an upscale restaurant( im assuming His family place- with all of the entertainment- is NOT a cheap date!
SO- don't think that just because someone is recognized from working in a high exposure job that they are stinky filthy rich!
and im sure he- and all the rest of the staff-- did appreciate your big tip-big time--

nosy rambling and a fan of petros

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