Last Look at Olympic Restaurant Before It’s Completely Erased from Delancey Street [PHOTOS]
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Olympic Restaurant now follows Bereket into the great beyond. The reliable corner luncheonette shuttered for good on Monday evening after 35 years in business. Unfortunately, there won’t be another chapter in their book of life, thanks to the Essex Crossing mega-project. This SPURA redevelopment includes plans to drop a new Essex Street Market facility on the site.
We stopped by Olympic yesterday morning and watched as ownership packed up decades of history. A letter taped to the window expresses plenty of gratitude from longtime customers.
With the old Essex Market building at 115 Delancey Street, the city is seemingly engaged in a strategy of hurry-up-and-wait. Yes, it’s true demolition permits are on file with the city, but the dismantling probably won’t happen just yet. Furthermore, construction on this parcel doesn’t have an official ground-break date. Just sometime after 2015.