Greek restaurant, U-District hub, closing for last time Sunday

SEATTLE -- After four decades, a popular Greek restaurant in the University District closes for the last time this weekend.

The Continental Greek Restaurant and Pastry Shop has been a landmark on The Ave since the late 1960s.

And since the 1970s, the Greek restaurant has been owned by the Lagos family.

The family has decided it's time to move on, and Sunday will be their last day.

"It's kind of hard but we have lots of friends," said Demetrios Lagos, the son of the owners who has managed the place for 37 years. "It's kind of a changing of life."

Their customers say it wasn't just the meals bringing them back.

"The food and the hospitality. It's always like you're family when you come here," customer Shela Long said.

Another customer is Christine Ingebritsen, a member of the University of Washington faculty since 1992, and chair of European Studies Dept.

She said she has held department meetings at The Continental toward the purpose of creating an endowment to fund a professorship in Hellenic Studies for the study of modern and ancient Greece, at the UW.

"It's really devastating for the community because it been an anchor, a meeting place," Ingebritsen said. "The food is absolutely fantastic and at an affordable price."

The restaurant has employed students for decades.

Students, UW employees and professors and people in the neighborhood and from all walks of life have frequented the place for years.

The owners say they will be posting some of their most popular recipes on Facebook.