Thursday, April 9, 2009

My Journey to Turkey Part II

Daily Journal -Thursday July 31, 2008

On the evening of our arrival, after checking in our hotel, we had dinner at Kubban Restaurant and Bakery hosted by the owner, Brother Mehmet. He stated he prayed with Minister Farrakhan at the Blue Mosque during Jumah Prayer service when the Minister visited Turkey. We also met the Deputy Governor of Istanbul Mr. Hurrem Aksoy and other businessmen who frequent this establishment. The Deputy Governor greeted us warmly in English and sent over a fruit tray to our table.

After dinner, we were given a tour of the facility. The restaurant site is a former textile warehouse. It is a three story structure with a basement, located on a corner lot in suburban Istanbul. It features a bakery, multiple kitchens, casual, formal, outdoor dining areas, conference rooms, childcare, and prayer rooms, along with a prep-kitchen and storage area that encompasses the entire basement. The seating capacity of the entire facility is 800 persons. The restaurant and bakery is ultra modern and immaculately clean. However, ground meat is not prepared in a machine. It is prepared manually.

Meats are marinated and placed in a cooler for 24-48 hours before cooking. Both meats and vegetables are chosen by region and season. The basement area also houses employee showers and dressing rooms. The restaurant staff was highly professional and most attentive to our needs. The restaurant and bakery complex was quite impressive. It reminded us of the Nation of Islam's Salaam Restaurant in Chicago. []

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