Ali Baba

It’s the end of the line for Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill‘s Lakewood location.

As of tomorrow, Dec.24, it’ll be closing its doors for good because there isn’t enough lunchtime support to justify staying open in the Lakewood area, according to Ali Baba spokesperson Natalie Meyer.

The Chanaa brothers, Adam and Jalal, first opened Ali Baba in East Dallas on Lower Greenville in 1989. It quickly became a popular neighborhood haunt, and it eventually moved to its current location on Abrams, where they added the lunch buffet.

Over the years, the Chanaa brothers opened other Ali Baba locations, including a location in Richardson on Preston Road and an Irving-Las Colinas location. They also expanded the concept to Fort Worth, but they called it Terra Mediterranean Grill instead.

These locations — especially the Irving-Las Colinas location — have better daytime traffic, thanks to all the nearby office buildings. Although the Lakewood location has had a loyal following since its beginning, the neighborhood doesn’t provide the kind of daytime traffic Ali Baba can find other places, Meyers explains, which is what led to the decision to close the Lakewood location.

So from now on, if you’re craving Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill, you’ll have to go to Richardson.

Go to the website or call 214.823.8235 to learn more.


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