LINDENHURST, NY — Bay Shore resident Hamza Deib already opened restaurants in Brooklyn and another in Manhattan, but recently decided to open a new business closer to home. The Taheni Mediterranean Grill opened on 296 E. Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst this week.
The 28-year-old was motivated to open the family-owned eatery along with his siblings by their mother’s drive for cooking. Deib, who is one of nine, primarily runs the business with his brothers Anas and Malek. The brothers took the family recipes and are now serving them as Taheni Mediterranean Grill to everyone.
The coronavirus pandemic did put a delay on restaurant opening, but Deib and his siblings took that opportunity to help others, donating meals to those in need in the local community. In May, they were even featured as New York Post’s Hero of the Day.
The food at Taheni, described as a Mediterranean quick serve, will include authentic flavors from all over the Middle East. The family wanted to open in Lindenhurst for the “welcoming atmosphere,” Deib said.
“Lindenhurst revolves around family and we’re all about family,” he said. “We’re not here to just serve food, we’re here to be a part of the community and want to be available for all types of events and needs.”
This article originally appeared on the Lindenhurst Patch