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Feud Shuts Down Landmark PDX Eatery, Its Giant Octopus

The Greek Cusina—a downtown PDX eatery dubbed "one of Portland’s most notorious and iconic restaurants"—suddenly closed yesterday after 36 year of operation and two years of fighting between owner Ted Papas and City Commissioner Randy Leonard. According to local news, Papas claims he's being unfairly targeted, while Leonard says "the building was one of the most dangerous gathering places in the city." See how portentous that purple octopus looks? In actuality, a 2008 fire inspection saw dozens of violations, which in turn led to a "city-ordered 24-hour fire watch." So in other words, this mess had been percolating for a while.

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