There’s a new choice when you’re thinking about going out to eat in Syracuse, and you won’t find the usual menu there either.
“With Love, Palestine” is the newest incarnation of OCC’s teaching restaurant on North Salina Street Syracuse.
As the newest Entrepreneur-in-residence Najoud Maklouf is taking many of the dishes she’s made family and friends for years, even branching out to the Downtown Syracuse Farmer’s Market this summer, and now taking it to “With Love”.
“I can’t believe it happened, I really honestly thought it was a dream,” Maklouf says.
For the next six months the Syracuse born, Liverpool High School graduate will operate the restaurant as its latest entrepreneur-in-residence.
Maklouf tells NewsChannel 9, “I know we have the dishes down, we’ve practiced them, we’ve spent a lot of time doing menu development really testing out all the different dishes.”
Some of those recipes she says come from her Palestinian parents.
“Imjadara, which is a rice and lentil dish, I’ve been making that forever. It’s a good poor woman’s dish to make throughout college, so this recipe I’ve had since college,” she says, adding “surprisingly I’ve been able to make all of the food from scratch, handmade and I feel a real sense of pride being able to make it.”
“With Love” reopens on Wednesday, July 18.
The restaurant now features expanded hours, opening for lunch noon-2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and then 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on those same days.