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For many in Brockton area, Christo’s was their ‘Cheers’

The Gold Room at Christo’s in Brockton and, right, co-owners Gigi Johnson and her sister Maria Samson.
The Gold Room at Christo’s in Brockton and, right, co-owners Gigi Johnson and her sister Maria Samson.Photos by Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

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For 30 years, it was a Friday evening ritual. Christos Tsaganis, the owner and patriarch of Christo’s Restaurant in Brockton, would step solemnly to the microphone and announce: “Donovan, party of four, the Gold Room.”

For that party of four — my parents Tom and Rose Fahey, and my aunt and uncle Fran and Margie Donovan, all of Randolph — and many others like them, a trip to the Crescent Street eatery on the East side of Brockton was a chance to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a graduation, or, in the case of my family, just simply the beginning of the weekend.

Tsaganis died last Feb. 4 at 87, and on Nov. 20, his daughter Gigi Johnson, who co-owns the restaurant with sister Maria Samson, announced that the restaurant will close on Dec. 31 after almost 50 years of operation.

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