Correction (4:54 p.m. Nov. 14): Abrakebabra is not Salem’s only Mediterranean restaurant. Zorba’s Small World Cafe on Lynchburg Turnpike serves Mediterranean fare. An earlier version of this blog entry was incorrect on this point. | Our corrections policy.
Salem now has a new Mediterranean eatery, Abrakebabra. The restaurant opened Friday at 1501 S. Colorado Street, across the intersection from Chianti International restaurant and Shanghai Chinese restaurant.
Abrakebabra owner Youssef Salh, 62, said he is also co-owner of Italiano’s Pizza on Wildwood Road in Salem. He wanted to do a Mediterranean restaurant because he is originally from Egypt.
Salh moved to New York in 1985 and was introduced to this area when one of his five children started to attend Radford University. The family moved here six years ago, he said.
Abrakebabra has a simple menu, Salh said, because it is a small restaurant with a small kitchen. It offers chicken or lamb gyros, Greek salads, falafel, hummus, chicken wings, french fries and baklava. Prices range from $5.99 for a gyro to $8.25 for a Greek salad. Salh said he has a small salad bar where diners can customize their sandwiches with whatever vegetable toppings they desire.
Abrakebabra will be open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.
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