Fairbanks celebrated the ongoing success of a noted downtown restaurant Saturday with a feast fit for the gods.
Bobby’s Downtown, a Greek and fine dining establishment run by siblings Bobby and Rena Nikolaides, hosted its 12th anniversary party Saturday night after taking a brief party hiatus for the past few years. The event returned in grand style with a large tent set up outside the restaurant at 609 Second Ave. Guests mingled inside and out.
The Nikolaides siblings welcomed the crowd and thanked them for their continued patronage before ushering in the blessing, which was performed by Bishop David Mahaffey of Anchorage of the Russian Orthodox Church, Bishop Chad Zielinksi of the Diocese of Fairbanks and Harvey Kurzbard of the Jewish Congregation of Fairbanks.
A buffet-style meal included some of the restaurant’s hits, including kabobs, spanakopita, Greek salads, meatballs, dolmas and prime rib.
Under the tent, rocker Arly Jylz and his band played late into the night with members of the Tundra Caravan Dance Troupe entertaining the crowd.
Later in the evening, guests were treated to limousine rides home at the restaurant’s expense.
Notables spotted in the crowd included state Rep. Grier Hopkins, state Sen. Scott Kawasaki, Fairbanks City Councilman David Pruhs, Mindy O’Neall, Pagoda owner Benny Lin, Jim O’Malley, Joe and Shannon Vargas, Glenner Anderson, and real estate agents Heather Lambert, Angie Talent and Mike VanSickle.
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