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brothers Georges and Haytham Rahmeh purchased the Cedar
Valley Lebanese Restaurant in December 2016, they did
so with the intention of putting their own personal touch
on both the decor and the menu.
Haytham (left) and Georges Rahmeh are
gadually putting their unique mark on
Cedar Valley Lebanese Food in Orléans
Garden. Fred Sherwin/Photo
first addressing the menu, they began the lengthy
process of making some esthetic changes to the interior
of the restaurant, while staying open seven days a
as a long and somtimes frustratung process, but the
end result is a much brighted more cheerful environment
in which to enjoy a shawarama, donair, falafel, shish
kebob, or other Lebanese specialty they have to offer.
sign on the front of the restaurant says Cedar
Valley Lebanese Food, not Cedar Valley
Shawarma, explains Haytham who managed
an award-winning international hotel in Beirut before
immigrating to Canada.
taking over the restaurant two years ago, the brothers
have built up a loyal clientele by sticking to a simple
formula – they use only the freshest ingredients and condiments,
including highquality chicken and beef, and they put a
major emphasis on customer service. In
fact, they were recently nominated as one of the best
Lebanese restaurants in the entire city by Skip the Dishes.
residents like coming to Cedar Valley to get their Lebanese
food fix. Besides the standard sandwiches, Cedar Valley
also makes their own tabouleh and hummus on site, and
the Fattouche salad featuring Haytham’s secret dressing
has become a runaway favourite.
are one of the few Lebanese food restaurants that still
offers four different size sandwiches – small, medium,
large and extra large – and they have Sunday specials.
food is the healthiest food you can eat,” says Georges.
“Everything is made to order using the freshest ingredients.”
the not too distant future, the brothers plan to capitalize
on the reputation they’ve gained for their homemade Baklava
and other tasty treats by adding a bakery to the business.
brothers have also ramped up the restaurant’s catering
business. Establishing a menu for a catered event allows
Cedar Valley to offer a long list of Lebanese specialties
that are not on the daily menu.
can do events from 50 people to 500 people, no problem,”
service is what Haytham and Georges are all about. They
want each and every customer to feel welcome from the
moment they walk through the front door and into the restaurant
which can seat 20.
renewed focus on customer service also means a renewed
focus on customer feedback. They have a huge presence
on social media including Facebook and Instagram, through
which they can offer their customers different specials,
and they encourage visitors to provide suggestions on
how and where they can improve.
very important that you listen to your customers and try
to give them more of what they like,” says Haytham.
that type of philosophy in mind, Cedar Valley will
continue to provide its customers with delicious Lebanese
food served in a bright and inviting environment.
Valley Restaurant is open seven days a week from 11
a.m. to 10 p.m. and they are located in the Orléans
Garden Shopping Centre at the corner of Jeanne d’Arc
and Orléans Blvd. You can visit their Facebook page
or follow them on Instagram.
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