News & Notes: Following rush ban, Olives to close doors*
The management at Olives, the Greek deli on Witherspoon Street, doesn’t know what happened. Last year, the business was recording record profits as its popularity grew with University students and town residents alike. Now, it’s closing its doors.
“Why can’t a Greek make it here at Princeton?” the Olives’s owner said, brushing away tears. “I love the residential college system! And I am a mentor to underclassmen!”
University President Shirley Tilghman explained in an extensive, in-depth interview that the owner misunderstood the parameters of the ban on freshman rush of Greek organizations effective this year.
“I told him that the town still valued his restaurant and that he was completely overreacting to a University policy that had nothing to do with him,” Tilghman said. “But he just didn’t get it.”
The owner said he planned to move Olives to the basement of Tiger Inn, where he said the Greek community was stronger and more supportive.
“I love the TI club. They understand my heritage there,” the owner said, pulling out pictures of “old country!” from his wallet. “I am very excited about State Night!”