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Good feelings bubbled over at Giordano’s Tuesday night when friends and family gathered to ring in the 81st year of the friendly and now venerable restaurant at the foot of Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs. Started in 1930 by Edward and Mary Giodano, the Italian-American Restaurant, as it was then known, was located across from the Post Office. In 1943, it was moved to its present site, which had been occupied by Magnolia’s, and the name was changed to Giordano’s.

The reach of the restaurant is Islandwide. It’s hard to imagine an Islander — or many visitors, for that matter — who hasn’t either eaten in the comfortable dining room or ordered out a steaming pizza pie from the window on Lake Avenue opposite the Flying Horses.

On Tuesday, Richie and Buster Giordano and their children were all smiles as they offered food and drink and above all good cheer to the throng of friends that jammed the restaurant — happily, noisily joining in the celebration.