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Songs, toasts and tales of the past at a Broadway bartender's very last call

Part of Sardi's tradition includes José Estevez, who began working at the restaurant in 1990 and had presided over the Little Bar since 1993. Mr Estevez told the restaurant's main owner, Max Klimavicius, that he was planning to retire.

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THE post-matinee crowd began streaming into Sardi's restaurant on Saturday, just as it had for decades. After passing through the Chianti-red facade, many patrons entered the Little Bar, an alcove-like room to the left of the entrance. Then they settled in for drinks and...

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