Breaking news: Night Market is debuting its very first Snapchat geofilter! And with so much going on, this is an experience you'll want all your friends to know about. Don't forget to follow @TheFoodTrust and see if you make it on our story!
And make sure to stop by 39th & Walnut for Live Ink's interactive T-shirt printing and help make your own Night Market tee. A portion of proceeds will go towards supporting The Food Trust.
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west philly spotlight: meet abd ghazzawi
One of Night Market Philadelphia's main goals is to support the immigrant business owners who make our city's mobile food scene so delicious. This is part two in a series spotlighting local food entrepreneurs from all four corners of our 2017 Night Market map!
When the mosque on 45th and Walnut streets purchased an abandoned building across the street, it wanted to dedicate the space to a business that would serve the Muslim community as well as the surrounding neighborhood. As fate would have it, Abd Ghazzawi was also looking to open up a Lebanese restaurant at the time.
Born and raised in Philly, Abd was heavily influenced by his father from Beirut, Lebanon. Together with his father's good friend Dr. Wissam Chatila, also born in Bierut, they went on to open Manakeesh Cafe & Bakery in 2011. There were no other Lebanese restaurants in the area back then.
Six years later, Manakeesh is still going strong, serving up Lebanese essentials, seven days a week. In an article by UCD, Manakeesh is called an "establishment as diverse as the neighborhood surrounding it. It’s at once a café, juice bar, meeting place, bakery and restaurant." Fun fact: Lebanon has many cultural influences, including French, Turkish and Pakistani, and these influences are all apparent in the cuisine.
His must-try dish? One of their delicious flatbreads, a traditional breakfast item in Lebanon!
Don't forget to seek out Manakeesh (4420 Walnut St.) during Night Market Spruce Hill on July 1!
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