January 4th, 2010 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP, City Hall

Greek Cusina Gone, Owner Says He'll Sue the City

Ted Papas

After a long battle with Portland city officials, the Greek Cusina closed over the weekend.

For the past couple of years, City Commissioner Randy Leonard's "HIT Team," which includes representatives of the Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue and the Bureau of Development Services, has battled Cusina owner Ted Papas (above) over code violations. After the city slapped liens totaling more than $200,000 on Papas' building, located at 418 SW Washington, Pacific Continental Bank filed a notice of foreclosure against the property. Papas told WW today that Pacific Continental Bank, his lender, has listed the property for sale.

Papas says he will continue to operate a lunch delivery business, which he runs from an offsite kitchen in Southeast Portland.

He also says he plans to sue the City of Portland for what he has maintained is a vendetta against him and his business. "This story is not over," Papas says.

Leonard has repeatedly denied targeting Papas or his building but said he is simply interested in protecting the public from what he has termed the "most dangerous occupied building in the city." Leonard was not immediately available for comment today on the Greek Cusina closing.

Updated with Leonard's statement on the closure
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