From Street Food Vendor to Biggest Restaurant
Abu Shahab, a man who started selling food with his vendor cart when he was just 11 years old. He used to sell sandwiches and Kebab. Abu Shahab was raised from a poor family and he got married when he was only 14 years old. He was recognized by all the Erbil citizens for his delicious food presented on his modest cart.
Day by day and month by month, his business was growing and booming. After many years, Abu Shahab opened his first restaurant and got rid of his cart. The Kurdish traditional food presented in Abu Shahab attracted many clients not only in the city of Erbil, but from the other cities as well.
After opening the Abu Shahab Restaurant 1 on the 60m street, Abu Shahab Restaurant 2, which is just a few meters away from "Abu Shahab 1”, was opened. After its famous reputation Abu Shahab decided to open a third branch but with a big vision "Abu Shahab City" now located at the intersection of Gulan Street and Ankawa Street is not just the regular "Abu Shahab" restaurant.
In Abu Shahab City, all the Abu Shahab dishes, Kebab, Chicken, Rice, Meat, Appetizers, and Sweets, are served, but this time in very well designed indoor restaurant's and nice outdoor garden's with water fountains. It's a great place for those who want to take their family or any guest from abroad.
Abu Shahab City is now a shopping center with two main choices: a western style fast food court and a more traditional Kurdishstyle restaurant a few paces away. Both places are very popular with Erbil residents. In the fast food court, there is everything from pizzas to kebabs to Kentucky-style fried chicken. There an Ital- ian and a Lebanese restaurants which visited mostly by foreigners and expats.
In addition to the restaurants, there is a big supermarket and has some stuff that people may not find in regular supermarket.
The city is currently run by his son, Shahab, who is recognized as a simple and modest guy as his father.
Although, the son is rich now, he is still humble and treat the clients as if he still selling food with vender cart.
“Actually, we currently don’t lack of anything; we have everything we wanted. But what we want now is how to serve our people and how to make them happy. We started working when we were poor, that is why we don’t let ourselves do anything inappropriate. We still remember our past days.” Noted Shahab
Abu Shahab’s latest proj- ect is building a five-star hotel which consists of 13 floors. It comprises 206 motels and several conference halls. It is supervised by an Italian group.
A view of Abushahab city in Erbil