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The Olympia Cafe is a venerable elder statesman among University of New Mexico (UNM) area restaurants, launching in 1972 across from New Mexico's largest university. For culinary diversity, it's hard to beat this area, where restaurants with a broad appeal are congregated. Aside from academic enrichment, this area nurtures a refreshing open-mindedness toward the cuisines of the world. Perhaps restaurateurs recognize that students are not only willing to open up their minds to new knowledge, but also open their wallets and their minds to new culinary experiences. The UNM area inaugurated many of us from rural parts of the state to wonderful new taste sensations. We lost a bit of our naivete with each bite of each and every new culinary adventure we experienced. Life for many of us would never be the same. I dare say that for many UNM students, especially those from rural areas, their first tastes of Greek cuisine occurred at the Olympia Cafe on Central Avenue.