Middle Eastern American Restaurant opens in Farmington
You could argue that the COVID-19 pandemic is the only reason one of Farmington’s new restaurants exists.
After closures began last spring in New York City, restaurateurs Fadal Abdul and his brother Mahmoud Abdul came to Michigan to reunite with their families. They closed their restaurant in the city and started spending time on the Detroit subway.
âOnce COVID hit everything was shut down. The rent was ridiculous. I couldn’t really last six months,â Fadal Abdul said. “I hadn’t even planned to open a home here. I hadn’t even planned to live here.”
Several months ago, the two wanted to return to work. That result is Kitch Eatery, a Middle Eastern / American restaurant that opened in late May at 23331 Orchard Lake.
Open in the plaza just east of Farmington High School, the small restaurant with its limited number of seats inside is in the space Uncle Andy’s Pizza previously occupied. While diners can sit inside and eat, this is a restaurant designed for take out and delivery.
They started looking for a suitable space several months ago, going to places like Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and Novi. It’s a very different feel to New York City, a place where activity is always buzzing.
âIt seemed like a quieter city,â said Fadal Abdul. “I didn’t want to be in a place that was too busy.”
Guests can enjoy several main American dishes, including burgers and the ever popular Chicken Sandwich. For those looking for the Middle East, the brothers cook many dishes, including several of Persian inspiration. Hungry diners can grab kebabs, lamp chops, and beef kafka.
So far, customers have split their orders in roughly half of the two kitchens on offer.
âA lot of people like Middle Eastern food, but we sell a lot of sandwiches,â said Mahmoud Abdul. “I would say it’s around 50-50.”
While sales are certainly slower than in New York City, the brothers see many regulars returning to try the menu.
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Fadal said they had a loyal customer who made it their mission to taste everything.
âA lot of our neighbors and a lot of people around they always come back,â he said. âWe have a guy who comes every day. He says, ‘I try whatever’s on the menu.'”
The restaurant currently offers on-site dining, take-out, and online ordering through its website, as well as delivery through third-party delivery apps. The boutique is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. More information, including a menu, can be found online at kitcheatery.com.