The windows of Greek Cusina leave a parting shot at the man Papas blames for his shut-down: "Leonard's Retirement Fund" reads a painted message on the restaurant door, pointing the finger at Commissioner Randy Leonard's Housing Inspection Team. Papas told the Mercury last week that he has paid over $232,000 in fire and safety violation fees since the city started near-constant fire inspections of the building last May.
“How can any business sustain that?” said Papas last week. “At some point, I’m going to run out of cash.” But while Papas blames Leonard's crackdown, it's worth pointing out that over the past decade the owner of Greek Cusina has made himself and his business unpopular in places other than Leonard's office.
Last year, the OLCC threatened to yank Cusina's liquor license after the city fined the restaurant for persistent noise violations. In 2005, a man sued Greek Cusina for $600,000 after three of its security guards allegedly beat him unconscious and, in perhaps Papas' most unpopular moment, the Cusina owner launched a campaign to ban Portland food carts in 2002.
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