Aladdin's Eatery

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Aladdin's Eatery
Restaurant information
Established 1994 by Fady and Sally Chamoun
Food type Lebanese cuisine
City started in Lakewood, OH
County United States
Other locations throughout the American Midwest and South-East
Website http://www.aladdinseatery.com/
Baklava, a typical Middle Eastern cake served at Aladdin's Eatery

Aladdin's Eatery is a chain of franchised restaurants in the American Midwest and South-East, specializing in Lebanese cuisine. Adapted to American tastes, the sites are fast casual restaurants that also offer take out.[1]

The firm, Aladdin's Eatery Systems, Inc, is headquartered in Lakewood, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.[1][2] As well as Ohio,[3] the company also has locations in Indiana,[4] Virginia,[5] North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

History[edit]

Aladdin's Eatery was founded by Fady and Sally Chamoun in 1994. Since then it has become an extremely lucrative chain of restaurants.[6] Fady Chamoun had arrived in the US from Lebanon in 1972 and worked at Little Caesars full-time whilst studying at the University of Michigan.[1] Over the next twenty years he rose within Little Caesars, eventually running 40 franchises, which he sold, leaving him with $10,000 after repaying his debts, which he used to help fund a site in Lakewood, OH.[1]

By 2004 the chain had 17 outlets and Chamoun won the Northeast Ohio Ernst & Young Retail Entrepreneur Of The Year award.[7] Chamoun had established Jasmine's Bakery in Cleveland in 1997 to supply all his restaurants and by 2004 it was employing 40 people and making sales of $2 million.[1]

In 2013 the chain was reported to have 30 sites in 5 US states.[2]

Reception[edit]

With a concept of "providing good food with a slightly exotic flavour and cheap prices"[3] the chain is noted by reviewers for its assortment of soups, smoothies and juices, and options for vegetarians and meat lovers.[5][8] Desserts such as traditional Lebanese baklava or pistachio cookies compete with more American gourmet cheesecakes and layer cakes, are all supplied from the Jasmine Bakery.[9] They are described either as numerous and irresistible[9] or calorie-laden and dry.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Palmer, Kim; Garofalo, Deborah (2004-06-01). "Living the American Dream". Smart Business. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  2. ^ a b Selekman, Aviva (2001-05-01). "Pittsburgh Neighborhood's Vacant Storefronts Fail to Faze Business Owners". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  3. ^ a b "MAGIC FOOD -- BUT NO LAMP". Akron Beacon Journal. 1998-12-03. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  4. ^ Stowe, Gene (13 December 2011). "Aladdin's Eatery offers healthy food options". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Marchetti, Domenica (2001-12-20). "Aladdin's Eatery Offers a Healthy Dose of Middle Eastern Cuisine". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  6. ^ "Aladdin's Eatery: About Us". Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  7. ^ "TrekDS - E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Awards". 2004. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  8. ^ "Aladdin's Eatery Village". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  9. ^ a b Olsen, Eric (2006-07-26). "Middle East feast". Toledo City Paper. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  10. ^ Merriman, Woodene (2002-01-18). "Granting Wishes". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-05-18. [dead link]

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