Bittersweet day for Taki's owner as restaurant closes after 62 years

ERIE, Pa. -- Thursday marked the end of an era for an iconic local restaurant.

Taki's, 2933 W. 12th St., closed its doors for good after 62 years in business.

It was an impressive last day for the restaurant as hundreds of people came out for one last meal at the Erie staple. The restaurant had to close early after they ran out of food.

Owner Bill Papanikos said though closing is bittersweet, he is looking forward to retirement.

"They showed great support for all the years we have been in business and I am very grateful for how long we were able to stay in business and happy to serve the community of Erie," Papanikos said. 

Papanikos said in November that the eatery would close after opening for business in 1954.

Less than a week after Papanikos confirmed the business would close, Scott Enterprises announced that the company will build a second IHOP where Taki's currently stands. 


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