(WINDSOR, ON) – The handwritten message taped to the front window of 104 Chatham Street West, offering a 10% discount to teachers and students, is genuine. So is the food.
Windsor’s newest Lebanese restaurant is not the only one operating on downtown’s Chatham Street making the offer. The goal is to attract the newly arriving University of Windsor and St Clair College students and teachers attending classes at the downtown campuses.
For Mira Middle Eastern Flavour’s Mohammed Abukamil, the experience of selling to the arriving students is something new. This is the restaurant’s fourth month of business and, so far for him, it has been worth the move from Ottawa.
For the past decade, Abukamil worked in sales in the nation’s capital after graduating from its Algonquin College. His move south was motivated by the opportunity to be closer to family. Now, every morning as he arrives to open up shop, he carries bags of new provisions. Freshness, he says, is the secret to success in the restaurant business. Another secret is quality food.
A sample of Mira’s popular lentil soup is offered. It proves the eatery’s tag line, Middle Eastern Flavours, is no marketing gimmick. It is also the first time the reporter has been able to taste his story, so to speak. Other popular items on the menu include shawarma, meat pies, and Shish kabobs.