The Parthenon, popular Greektown restaurant, reportedly closing

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CHICAGO — The Parthenon, a popular Greektown restaurant that has been open nearly 50 years, has reportedly closed.

According to Eater Chicago, the iconic Chicago restaurant closed its doors Monday. It posted a sign on its door Tuesday thanking its customers for the “wonderful memories,” according to a photo taken for the website.

Eater Chicago reports the restaurant is credited with starting the practice of lighting cheese on fire — saganaki — tableside. That later became a Greektown tradition for other restaurants in the neighborhood.

The restaurant had reopened in March after having been closed twice due to failed health inspections, according to DNAinfo.  DNAinfo reports the restaurant had given no indication of permanently closing when it participated in Taste of Greektown just a couple of weeks ago.

Brothers Bill and Chris Liakouras first opened the restaurant at 314 S. Halsted St. in 1968, according to reports.