by Barbara Kozlowski

WELCOME BACK!!!  KABOB KAFE is scheduled to reopen Monday July 16, and locals and visitors can once more enjoy the wonderful fare ‘Iccky’, Tom and staff prepare.  They have had quite a journey, moving a building from Monroe Street to their present location behind Balloons but definitely more visible from Washington and from Mill Street.  The building has a front deck that seats 12 and the lower level now boasts a full-service bar, serving all legal beverages, not just wine and beer.  There is also a new back deck upstairs that seats 30 patrons and the interior seats about 60.  The complete remodel includes a beautiful new bar, new seating areas inside, upstairs, and out on the numerous decks..  I’m looking forward to seeing these new changes and enjoying their wonderful dishes.

Sheikh Zafar Iqbal or ‘Iccky’ to his friends and patrons began his journey more than 10 years ago from Pakistan to the US and to Olean and Ellicottville.  He opened KABOB KAFE on Monroe Street in January of 2006 and is living his American dream.  He learned English by listening to customers and American friends and talking to people.  His father-in-law taught him the restaurant business while he was working at Rafi’s in Olean.  A friend of his wife’s told him that Ellicottville would be the perfect place to open a new restaurant and with a little investigation opened on Monroe Street.  The rest is history and we haven’t had a restaurant moved – building and all – to a new location with the possible exception of when the Ellicottville Depot was moved by rail to its present location in the late 1970’s.

KABOB KAFE offers Greek, Italian and Asian cuisine.  Their lentil soup is a favorite.  Salads include Walnut, caesar, Greek and a Buffalo Chicken salad.  A variety of appetizers like roasted red pepper hummus with warm pita triangles stimulate your palate for entree fare.  Entrees include Souvlaki made with chicken or beef, Kabobs made with chicken, beef, vegetables or shrimp; Tandoori dishes and several pasta dishes which include seafood Asiago, vegetable medley, stuffed shells and chicken or eggplant parmesan.  There is also a children’s menu featuring many of their favorites.

Be sure to stop by KABOB KAFE’S new location, check out the new decks and the remodeling they have done and enjoy their unique Mediterranean cuisine.

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