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Popular Kelowna Greek restaurant destroyed by fire planning a comeback

A rendering for the new Olympia Greek Restaurant.
A rendering for the new Olympia Greek Restaurant.
Image Credit: City of Kelowna

A popular Kelowna Greek restaurant that burned down last year is planning on returning with a new three-storey building that includes several apartment suites.

Plans for the Olympia Greek Taverna comes complete with three two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment suites, according to plans submitted to the City of Kelowna.

There will be two dining areas, one on the main floor and another level dining experience complete with a rooftop terrace under a glass roof that seats roughly 160 customers.

The outward design of the restaurant would feature a terracotta roof, beige stucco and concrete block masonry.

The Olympia Greek Taverna, which has made its home on Highway 33 in Rutland for nearly 50 years, originally opened in 1968 and with only a few items including pizza and pasta. The new restaurant will still be located at its former site.

Last October, the restaurant was destroyed by a late-night blaze that started at the back of the building.

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A development permit for the mixed used building will have to be approved by city council before construction can go ahead.

There is currently no estimate on when the development will be proposed for council’s consideration, said Marnie Douglas, communications consultant with the city, via email.

A rendering of the back of the restaurant.
A rendering of the back of the restaurant.
Image Credit: City of Kelowna

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