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Restaurant regulars: The Gipsy Kings

The Gipsy Kings, a French flamenco group who

The Gipsy Kings, a French flamenco group who are popular in Long Island restaurants. Photo Credit: Handout, 2004

They seem to follow me everywhere. To Greek, Turkish, El Salvadoran, Colombian, even Indian restaurants. Most recently, I encountered them at Caracara Mexican Grill in Farmingdale.

Perhaps it’s their universal appeal or instant mood-creating powers. Whatever. The Gipsy Kings seem to pop up everywhere I eat.

I’m not complaining, for sure. I like their music, rooted in the Spanish and French flamenco style yet speaking to the worldwide presence of the Romany (Gypsy) people. But, it’s a phenomenon, no question:  their songs seem to go with everything: from pupusas to  paellas, curries to kebabs.

I just wonder, though, whether, along with building permits, new ethnic restaurants also must show possession of a Gipsy Kings CD in order to get their certificates of occupancy.

Photo: The Gipsy Kings

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