Famous Greek Restaurant ”Olive” Burns to the Ground in Canberra

The ruins of Canberra’s ”Olive” restaurant. Photo by ABC News – Isaac Nowroozi

A Greek restaurant was completely destroyed in an arson attack in the early hours of Wednesday at Mawson in Australia’s capital of Canberra.

The restaurant named ”Olive” was set on fire in a deliberate act of destruction and unfortunately, nothing has been saved from the formerly elegant establishment.

Dimitri Yianoulakis, the owner of Olive restaurant, spoke with local media and expressed his shock regarding the arson attack.

The interior of the restaurant before its destruction. Photo by Out In Canberra

Speaking with Australia’s ABC News, Yianoulakis said that there is nothing left of the restaurant, adding that his restaurants had numerous events already booked to host christening and wedding celebrations in the near future..

The restaurant was very popular in the region, with very high culinary ratings, and Yianoulakis had had plans to expand his business.

His family has been in the culinary business for more than thirty years; much of their work, which had been reflected in the elegant surroundings of “Olive,” has now been destroyed.

The local police are especially concerned because, apart from Yianoulakis’ restaurant, another restaurant was targeted by arsonists on the very same night.

Another restaurant in the Hawker region was attacked by arsonists at approximately the same time that ”Olive” was attacked, but emerged without any serious damage, as the fire was quickly extinguished.

Canberra has a a great deal of Greek restaurants and a well-established, vibrant Greek community.