Remembering the Olympic Restaurant on the Fifth Anniversary of its Closure
Remember the Olympic? It’s like it was never even there.
Now, the 26-story shit-brown skyscraper known as The Essex rules the spot with luxury rentals, the new Essex Market, and a Regal Cinema.
However, this past Sunday was the anniversary of its closure. The Olympic Restaurant closed down exactly five years ago. Their departure in July 2014 is a loss that still cuts deep. There aren’t enough luncheonettes to grab no-frills meals anymore.
Owner Spiros Nakos first opened The Olympic back in 1979 along with Steve Palakas.
Nine months later, the old market warehouse met the wrecking ball, and the rest is history.