From Street Food Ven­dor to Big­gest Restau­rant

The Kurdish Globe - - LAST PAGE - The Kur­dish Globe Zakaria Muhammed

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

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