The Olympia Kebob House & Taverna in Richmond Heights, a suburb of St. Louis, has been around since 1980 and with good reason – it still looks like a traditional Greek taverna and the food has passed the test of time.
It was opened, said co-owner George Nicholas, by his grandfather Pete, who spent time in Greece while his brother attended medical school in Athens and their favorite place to eat was a souvlaki shack that sold pork kebobs on pita.
That was the inspiration, said Feast magazine, for what turned into the Olympia, which has the same antique fixtures and wall panels, display cases, and counter service deli.
“The main reason that so much has stayed the same is because we want our customers to have a sense of familiarity when they visit our restaurant,” said Nicholas, but he said it’s the food they really come for.
“I believe we’re known for our gyros, but I think our Greek specialty dishes are what we are really known for,” he said. “We are so grateful to all our loyal customers and staff,” he also said.