Monday, June 5, 2017

Afghan-Med restaurant in soft opening mode in Latham

UPDATE (6/5/17): Although the temporary signs outside say "Coming Soon," I noticed this week that Zaitoon Kitchen, located just east of the Latham Circle, was operating in soft opening mode. The Niazi family that owns the venue has announced a formal opening for Monday, June 12. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Phone: (518) 785-3600.

(Originally published 5/18/17)

Headline: Afghan-Med restaurant coming to Latham venue

The restaurant building at 471 Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham is about to open as something a lot more upscale that it ever has hosted.

The Niazi family hopes to introduce Zaitoon Kitchen, which will offer Afghan and Mediterranean cuisine, in soft opening mode around May 29. In that space, it will succeed Beff’s PWB which itself succeeded a Bob & Ron’s Fish Fry.

The family tells this story on the restaurant's website:

"Zaitoon in the Arabic language translates to Olive. Our restaurant is the brainchild of an Afghan couple that immigrated to the United States but kept roots in their beloved country. Raising seven kids in this great country and owning multiple restaurants in the NYC area. The father and two sons decided to spread their mother's kitchen in a modern casual way. Adding a modern touch to the traditional recipes. Zaitoon Kitchen believes in an atmosphere that makes old and new generations comfortable. We want to touch your palate, asking for more."

The halal menu features meat from cage-free animals. It is divided into rice dishes (with chicken, lamb, beef), salads, naan wraps, as well as several small polates and desserts. The entire lineup is available online.

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