Photo Credit: San Diego Historical Society
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Local Rotary Club member Mrs. Homer Peabody talks steak thickness with food authority George Mardikian (1958). As a teen, Armenian-born Mardikian escaped from a Turkish prison camp and made his way to the U.S. He started his restaurant career as a dishwasher in a San Francisco speakeasy and eventually opened the Omar Khayyam restaurant in Fresno.

Mardikian would likely prefer to be remembered as a man who improved food for U.S. soldiers during the Korean War. For his effort he was awarded the Medal of Freedom.

To order this photo please contact the San Diego Historical Society at sdhscollections@sandiegohistory.org.

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