Olympia Taverna in British Columbia Looks for Return After Fire

A year after a fire tore through the 70-year-old Olympia Taverna in Kelowna, British Columbia, owner Mike Koutsantonis finally got approval from the City Council to try to bring it back, approving a building permit and parking variance.

The fire was so bad that flames could be seen for blocks, said Global News in a report on his hopes to return, after almost nothing was left to salvage as the restaurant burned to the ground.

“We managed to save some pictures and a few knickknacks and some of the chairs I’ll be refinishing,” Koutsantonis said. “A lot of the stuff was in areas of the restaurant we couldn’t access,” he added.

“We are just looking forward to putting up a new building,” he said. Over the years his family added onto the building and now are looking forward to what a new taverna will be like. It’s been non-stop,” he said. “Every day you hear somebody say, ‘When will you be open?’ Out on the street, I’ve been running into people, and it’s on Facebook and there have been many phone calls … It’s been quite the outpouring.”


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