Breakfast food served at the Olympic Family Style is shown with orange juice. The breakfast includes sausage, eggs and hash browns with toast. Parker Perry/Staff

From Albania to Springfield, an Olympic-style feast

From Europe to Detroit to Springfield, this family restaurant has an interesting and tasty tale to tell.

Restaurant: Olympic Family-Style Restaurant

Location: 2039 Bechtle Ave., Springfield

Contact:

Background/Overview:

Mentor (“Tony”) Rama began his frantic search for safety when he fled Tirane, Albania, as a refugee in 1988. His European homeland was in the midst of political turmoil and its citizens constantly faced brutality and imprisonment without cause during that time, so he desperately sought freedom in the United States. After he arrived, he settled in Detroit and spent many years working at a restaurant in its Greektown area.

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Tony was very happy when he was able to travel to and from Albania freely between 2010 and 2013, where he met and married his wife, Elvira (“Eli”). Their blended family includes two sons and two daughters.

In 2015, Tony felt it was time to move up in business, so he found a realtor that had a Springfield restaurant location on her list she wanted him to see. He looked at this North Bechtle Square place and immediately decided to relocate here.

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His son Andy picked the name “Olympic” (meaning, “Grand”) for their “true American diner,” which opened in August 2015. Eli was legally qualified to join her husband in the United States in September 2015 for good!

The Menu:

  • Beverages: “Cadallic” Coffee-$1.75; Hot Chocolate-$1.75; Coca-Cola products-$1.89; Milk-$1.99; Iced Tea-$2.25; Orange Juice, or Apple Juice-$2.50; Cranberry Juice-$2.75.
  • Breakfast (served anytime): Biscuits & Gravy (one-half order)-$2.95; Ham, Egg, & Cheese Sandwich-$3.75; French Toast-$4.49; Pancakes w/fruit, or Chocolate Chips-$4.99; Gyro Greek Omelet-$7.99; Ribeye Steak & Eggs-$8.99.
  • Breakfast Sides: Toast & Jelly-$1.10; English Muffin-$1.25; Bagel & Cream Cheese-$1.99; Home Fries-$1.99; Breakfast Meat-$2.49; Oatmeal-$2.99.
  • Kid’s Menu: Mickey Mouse Pancake w/meat-$4.50; Hamburger & Fries-$4.50.
  • “Daily Specials”: Mini-Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.-$3.49; Full Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.-$4.49; Buckeye Omelet-$8.99; Liver & Onions w/three sides-$8.99; Gyro, Fries & Mini-Greek Salad-$9.99; “All-You-Can-Eat” Fish w/three sides each Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.-$9.99.
  • Appetizers: Mac & Cheese Bites-$4.50; Four-Piece Chicken Strips-$5.99.
  • Gyros & Pitas: BLT Pita-$5.25; Gyro Pita-$5.75; Corn Beef Pita & Swiss-$6.50.
  • Soups: Chicken Noodle Soup, or Lemon Rice Soup-$2.50/$3.25; Chili-$2.95/$3.59.
  • Salads: Tossed Salad-$2.95; Greek Salad-$6.99; Cobb Salad-$9.50.
  • Sides: Tony’s Rice Pudding or Tapioca Pudding is complimentary with any meal, if you ask! Rice Pilaf-$2.50; Onion Rings-$3.99; Spinach Pie-$5.99.
  • Hot Dog/Coney Favorites: Plain Hot Dog-$1.59; Coney Island Hot Dog-$2.25; Coney Taco-$3.25.
  • Burgers: Cheeseburger (1/4 lb.)-$4.25; Chili Cheese Burger-$4.50; Greek Burger-$4.50; Mushroom & Swiss Burger-$4.75.
  • Sandwiches: Slim Jim (Ham, Swiss, & Veggies on Sub Bun)-$5.99; Tuna Melt-$5.99; Philly Steak & Cheese Sub-$6.50.
  • Dinners (w/sides): Hot Meatloaf-$7.99; Twenty-One Piece Shrimp-$7.99; Chicken Kabob-$8.99; Spaghetti w/Meatballs-$8.99; New York Steak (10 oz.)-$13.99.
  • Desserts: Bakiava-$2.99; Chocolate Cake, or Strawberry Cake-$2.99; Cheesecake w/strawberries-$3.70.

Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8 a.m to 8 p.m..

More Information:

Firefighters, law-enforcement and military personnel will each receive a discount anytime; just show your I.D. at the register.

Visit their new Hilliard, Ohio, location, “Olympic Family Diner.” It’s open every day, 7 a.m to 3 p.m Telephone: (614) 876-5070.

Look for local restaurant profiles by Glenn and Kim Creyts every other week in “Life.” For inquiries regarding this column, and “Restaurant Profile” ideas and suggestions for future columns, please contact Glenn and Kim via e-mail: glenncreyts@att.net.

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