Mentor (“Tony”) Rama began his frantic search for safety when he fled Tirane, Albania, as a refugee in 1988. His European homeland was in the midst of political turmoil and its citizens constantly faced brutality and imprisonment without cause during that time, so he desperately sought freedom in the United States. After he arrived, he settled in Detroit and spent many years working at a restaurant in its Greektown area.
Tony was very happy when he was able to travel to and from Albania freely between 2010 and 2013, where he met and married his wife, Elvira (“Eli”). Their blended family includes two sons and two daughters.
In 2015, Tony felt it was time to move up in business, so he found a realtor that had a Springfield restaurant location on her list she wanted him to see. He looked at this North Bechtle Square place and immediately decided to relocate there.
His son Andy picked the name “Olympic” (meaning, “Grand”) for their “true American diner,” which opened in August 2015. Eli was legally qualified to join her husband in the United States in September 2015 for good!
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