Destination Location: Olympia Diner, Newington

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It’s Diner Week on the Destination Location road trip and today we’re heading to Olympia Diner in Newington!

The stainless steel building was brought here to Connecticut from New Jersey in three pieces back in the 1950s and it’s been a staple of the Berlin Turnpike ever since. 

Owner Stavros Gavrilis said that it’s not an authentic diner unless it’s made entirely of stainless steel, inside and out. 

“You can see a diner made out of cement, stucco, brick,” said Gavrilis, “but it’s not an authentic American Diner.”

He said it’s supposed to look like the diner car on a train.

“As you stand outside, you’re supposed to look at the windows,” said Gavrilis. “The windows are partitioned every 5 feet to represent passengers of a train.”

This old-school diner has been in the family since the ’70s. 

“We are a family business, said Gavrilis, “it keeps the family close, keeps us as a team, and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

“I’ve been working here my whole life,” said Savros’s son, Emmanuel Gavrilis. :I work with all of my cousins, my sister, my parents, we’re a very close-knit family, we’re a huge Greek family.”

“There’s a sense of pride,” Gavrilis. “We’ve been here so long and the people keep coming in and supporting us.”

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