Food Fit For Olympians in Carleton Place



The week the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum posted his picture of ads from restaurants gone by. I have about 4 or 5 I am going to write about n the next few weks. I have written about The Olympia Restaurant before, but it seems time for another installment.

One of the people that ran the Olympia restaurant was Monib El Jaji and his family. El had been cooking for other restaurants for 18 years when he decide to open his own. He had moved his family from Lebanon to Canada in 1967 as he wanted his kids to grow up in a peaceful place.


They served a wider variety of food from Chinese, Canadian, Lebanese to Italian. His motto was that his food was fit ‘for Olympians’. He was not only proud of his Thursday to Sunday buffet but also the fact he had a salad bar. They even had a special chef for Chinese food. With free delivery in town it was a hotspot in the community.




About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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