Old signs revealing an earlier layer of New York keep popping up these days, and the latest is on 14th Street just east of Eighth Avenue.
When the liquor store that occupied number 254 for at least a few decades closed its doors recently, they took their shop sign with them—uncovering the signage for a long-shuttered Greek restaurant.
Pappas got its start perhaps as early as the 1910s, as this thread from a genealogy site seems to indicate:
“In 1914, Christos Papagianakos’ Ellis Island manifest says he was going to his Aunt Athanasia (and Uncle Jimmy’s) at 254 W. 14th Street, New York City.”
Pappas operated at least until 1973 (the chef was shot one night—this was 1970s New York).
And it was enough of a dining destination that management printed postcards. Old phone exchange: WAtkins!