For months paper has covered the windows of a downtown Roanoke storefront that will open soon as Cedars Lebanese Restaurant.
The owners, who are Lebanese, are trying to keep the suspense alive until the restaurant opens. They said this week that they still need to get in some kitchen equipment and anticipate opening in a few weeks. They didn’t want to talk in more detail about the restaurant until the opening.
For now, the restaurant has a Facebook page that offers a glimpse of the menu and of what’s going on behind those papered windows.
Photos posted to the Facebook page show that restaurant owners have done some work to the Campbell Avenue space was last occupied by the Binaba Shop (which moved to Market Street and is now called Villages of Africa). Two walls have gone up, and an exposed brick wall has been kept intact.
Photos of the menu show that appetizers include hummus, hummus with shawrma (thin, sliced marinated beef), baba ghanouj, falafel, raw kibbeh (beef with wheat and seasoning) and labneh (yogurt with olive oil). Platters include several types of kebabs (chicken, lamb, ground beef), beef shawarma and sish taouk (cubed chicken breast). The menu also includes wraps and salads.
I plan to meet with the owners once the restaurant has opened to talk with them about their background and their decision to open a restaurant in Roanoke.
What do you think of the menu?
(Photos below are from Facebook. Click on each column to enlarge).