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ROCKY RIVER– It’s the Tuesday lunch hour.

Phones have been ringing off the hook and tables filling fast, as many are just hearing the news.

After 42 years, Michael’s Restaurant in Rocky River will soon be closing its doors for good.

“I have a really hard time to make the decision, but it finally happened, so this week will be my last week.”

Owner Michael Petrakis saying it’s time to retire and begin the next chapter of his life.

“You see my kids here, my grandkids, so they want me to spend some time with them.”

The 68-year old came to this country from Greece in the 1970’s with virtually nothing.

But in nearly five decades, he started a successful business, met his wife and raised four children.

His daughter, a Washington, D.C. attorney, says this basically was her second home.

Maria Petrakis said, “I waitressed here for good or for bad, I was a horrible waitress and so, every Thanksgiving dinner, every Thanksgiving this is all we knew.”

Speaking of Thanksgiving, Michael’s is also known for his holiday tradition…serving tens of thousands of free meals.

Michael’s restaurant’s last day will be this Sunday, June 2, open until 9pm.



Article Courtesy of WJW Fox 8 News Cleveland

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