Aug. 16, 2011 By Christian Murray
A new Lebanese eatery is opening on Queens Blvd this weekend.
Ahmad Osman, who founded the now defunct El Shater, will be opening “Souk El Shater”. It will be located at 43-03 Queens Blvd.
Ahmad’s store will be similar to the original El Shater, but more modern. It will feature fresh-cut meats, a gyro machine and grill. The store will sell falafel sandwiches, hummus, and other Lebanese treats. (Some of the menu items are displayed below).
Ahmad’s brother Mehdi converted the original El Shater into Habibi (43rd and 43rdAve.) , which opened in July. The original El Shater was family owned before the brothers split up the business.
Ahmad, who has lived in Sunnyside for more than two decades, said the neighborhood is big enough to support both Lebanese stores. He said that there are already Turkish restaurants in Sunnyside that offer similar products—so it’s not as though they are competing head-to-head.