Back at 1957 a small restaurant / coffee shop opens at the small Paphos harbour by the name Aphrodite (Venus), mainly to serve the fishermen and the few dockers who were working at the ships anchoring at the Paphos moorings.
It was 1967 when an exhausted stranger washed ashore, right off the harbour. It was a handsome pelican, really tired by his migration flight and was carried by the fishermen at Aphrodite restaurant.
Having being treated by his fellow fishermen, food and shelter was provided to him to aid his recovery until he would be ready to continue his migration journey. However when the time arrived, he seemed not so keen to abandon his friends and the free meals he had so much enjoyed so long. So “KOKOS” decided to hang-out at the restaurant and be a host, to welcome the guests and keep them company.
Two years later, and after all the fame he gather around his intriguing persona the restaurant had to change owners and thus was renamed “Pelican”.
“Koko” had a car accident back at 1972. Unfortunately he didn’t survive and the harbour lost his generous and kind character.
Two years later, during the Turkish invasion, the restaurant was almost completely destroyed by the Turkish air-force bombing on July 1974, only to be rebuilt and re-operate one year later.
So on 1975 the restaurant was reopened and named after its previous owner “Pelican”
On 2004, and after a great amount of trouble, a new Pelican arrived, strong and kicking right from Africa to take over the business, named again “Kokos”, bringing only excitement and joy to the people who work at the harbour, the visitors of the Castle as well as the customers of the restaurant.
10 years later, on 2014, “Kokos” gets himself familiarized with IT and goes online.
And now he is here to tell his and his predecessor’s story.
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