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AN AMERICAN ROAD CLASSIC


3413 Berlin Turnpike Newington, CT 06111

(860) 666-9948

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AN AMERICAN ROAD CLASSIC


3413 Berlin Turnpike Newington, CT 06111

(860) 666-9948

Welcome

Whether you’re cruising across the country or you live just down the road, you’ll find hospitality and quality food in a clean comfortable atmosphere. Olympia Diner is a true American road classic, that has been serving local diners and travelers for over 50 years.

Our Diner also offers a relaxing dining room open for lunch daily, and breakfast and dinner on the weekends. Different atmosphere, same great menu!

Check out our MENU or continue to scroll down to read more about the Olympia Diner and it's history.

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SINCE 1954


Built By: JERRY O'MAHONY DINER COMPANY

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SINCE 1954


Built By: JERRY O'MAHONY DINER COMPANY

About

The Olympia Diner was crafted by the Jerry O'Mahony Diner Company, of New Jersey, who was said to have produced 2,000 diners from 1917 to 1941. These roadside diners were primarily metal buildings, prefabricated in a factory, and trucked to the location. The Olympia, originally opened in Massachusetts,was brought to Newington, Ct in 1954. The three sections were set atop a waiting foundation and the terrazzo floor was  poured on site. It is known as the longest stainless steel diner in the country. The "OD" as the locals refer to it, has been owned by 3 families.  The Kritikos and Goulias families respectively for 10 years each, and the current owners, the Gavrilis family, since 1974.

 

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HISTORY


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HISTORY


History & Media

The Olympia Diner has survived the ups and downs of the past 60 years and continues to stand the test of time. Throughout the years, many customers have become like family to the diner’s employees and owners. Some patrons have met their spouses here. Deals have been made, contracts have been signed, a marriage proposal accepted  and divorce papers served. Families with newborn babies and elderly grandparents have shared booths and created memories. Traditions were started. Truckers from near and far have rested, digested and fueled up on coffee before heading back on the road. Travelers from the US and abroad have posed in front of the neon sign and bought post cards to mail home.

Professional photographers and Instagramers alike have shot countless photos of the diner, inside and out. Artists of all types have painted, sketched and drawn the diner. Each has captured the stainless and neon structure and brought it to life in their own unique way. Some of these works of art are on display in the dining room. Many commercials & public service announcements have been filmed on the premises as well as scenes from the movies Jacknife starring Robert DeNiro in 1989 and Promises in the Dark starring Marcia Mason in 1979. More recently, a scene from Once More With Feeling starring Drea de Matteo was shot. Politicians on the campaign trail have held rallies here. Magazine and newspaper articles have been written about this fixture of the pike. The Sequoia computer company used the diner in a print ad and the novel Homesick Creek was published using a photo of the diner on the cover.

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Dining Room


Different Atmosphere, Same Great Menu!

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Dining Room


Different Atmosphere, Same Great Menu!

In 1986 a dining room was added to the diner, doubling the square footage to accommodate the increasing business. This room boasts a quieter, relaxed ambiance. 

It is open for lunch daily, and breakfast and dinner on the weekends. You can reserve the room for your next party or meeting. Traditional home-style comfort food or lighter contemporary choices are available. We also serve beer, wine and select cocktails.

Call 860-666-9948 or stop in to discuss menu options and pricing.