Back to 1980s Lower East Side, Including the Olympic on Delancey

Posted on: April 29th, 2022 at 5:04 am by

Photo: Peter Bennett

The departure of the Olympic Restaurant in July 2014 is a loss that still cuts deep. There is no such thing anymore as a no-frills luncheonette on the Lower East Side.

So, it’s nice to come across images from yesteryear of the onetime staple. Back to the time when Essex Crossing was just vacant SPURA land and the business was known as the Olympic Coffee Shop.

The above image was shot, and shared, by photographer Peter Bennett, who grew up in the Village and attended Seward Park High School. It’s part of his small collection of neighborhood photos from the 1980s.

Owner Spiros Nakos first opened The Olympic back in 1979 along with Steve Palakas.

Below are other gems from his archive, all undated from the 1980s.

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