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Crab cake king Mark Pappas getting his long-deserved due at 83

Crab cake king Mark Pappas getting his long-deserved due at 83

Mark Pappas was penniless and spoke no English when he emigrated to the U.S. from war-torn Greece in his-mid-20s in 1956. "That was 60 years back," he marveled July 30, wearing a state of Maryland tie while waiting to be honored by the state and Baltimore County for 55 years in the restaurant business. Today, at 83, his English is more than passable and his three Pappas restaurants, plus a seafood carryout and a liquor store, have collective sales of $22 million a year, according to his son, Steve Pappas, 48, who is chief executive officer of Pappas Enterprises. The senior Pappas is also rich in family, which includes his wife of 53 years, Harriet; a daughter, Tina; another...

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