Albany, CA (PRWEB) June 08, 2012
After winning ABC 7 A-list poll of over 70,000 voters for best Middle Eastern restaurant, Local Family Owned Restaurant Zaki Kabob House will host a customer appreciation event. Zaki Kabob House has hired professional musicians, closed their parking lot and will set up a stage to show case cultural folk dances from the Middle East and surrounding regions on June 17th at noon. “It is a symbol of a great accomplishment in this community especially after what this building has been through” says Ramzy Ayyad, the General Manager.
This building on the corner of Dartmouth and San Pablo Ave. has seen the failure of restaurant after restaurant, some restaurants even packing their bags within months of opening. “When we signed the lease and started working on this place, many locals told us not to open because this place was cursed” says Ramzy. The the building was in fact in complete shambles both on the inside and outside. “We as a family rolled up our sleeves and got right to work on creating a great place to serve this food” explains Ayyad.
“Running a restaurant is not easy says Ramzy Ayyad the General manager. “You have to keep things interesting and new yet consistent enough to keep the regulars coming back.” After flirting with a weekend breakfast menu Ramzy says Zaki will settle for a steady quality menu for the year with the organic rotisserie chicken, rotating nightly authentic Middle Eastern specialties like Molokhia, Maklooba, and Mensaf to name a few.
The unique, high quality menu items are one reason patrons remain loyal to Zaki. The other is a personal, intimate, and cozy evening under the watchful eye of experienced family members. The Ayyad’s started in food 40 years ago at Fred’s Market Deli in Berkeley before they started turning kabobs and spinning the rotisserie at Zaki Kabob House. “It’s been a slight adjustment going from deli to full service restaurant says Ramzy. “The restaurant scene is a little more personable and charming then the deli was.”
Knowing first names and favorite customer dishes, the Ayyads take pride in respecting every regulars’ unique request. “The regulars are the life blood of restaurants, if you don’t see familiar faces then something is wrong,” says Ramzy.
Zaki Kabob House
1101 San Pablo Ave
Open 7 days
Lunch 11am-3pm and Dinner 5pm-9pm every day
All Major credit cards accepted