There was little fanfare when Aladdin Traditional Egyptian Cuisine shuttered on Broadway Avenue in 2008. When the Idaho Statesman reported its demise, there was no sign in the window or other information available.
But a decade later, the restaurant is making a comeback — in the food court at the mall.
Aladdin’s Egyptian Cuisine is open this month in the former Taco Time space, Boise Towne Square general manager Darren Howard says.
“It’s kind of cool to see it come back,” he adds.
Digital Access for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
The restaurant won’t be operated by Ibrahim Ebed, who opened the original Aladdin on Broadway in 1992. But chef Noha Sedik, who worked with Ebed and co-owned that location, also is a partner in the new Aladdin’s Egyptian Cuisine.
Ahmed Saad, co-owner of the new restaurant, says that Ebed retired in 2006.
“He traveled in 2006,” Saad explains, “and my partner ran the restaurant and later Aladdin Egyptian Lunch Buffet herself from 2006 until the closing. She has continued work with the Aladdin’s food trailer in various festivals and fairs in Idaho, and has been able to run the business with the original recipes used in the restaurant.”
Howard says that the eastern Mediterranean concept will be tailored to mall-shopper surroundings.
“You’re going to have a lot of the Egyptian cuisine, but it’s going to be made fairly quick so that they can utilize the food-court seating,” Howard says. “I’m sure the menu’s definitely going to be adjusted somewhat just to serve more of the fast-food aspect.”
If all goes according to plan, Aladdin’s Egyptian Cuisine will open before the end of March.
• • •