7:30 a.m., Dec. 2)
Cedar Valley Lebanese Food restaurant changes owners
By Fred Sherwin
of Orléans most popular Lebanese food restaurants
has changed owners, but regulars fear not, the old owner
plans to stick around for awhile to ensure that the quality
the establishment has become famous for will continue.
and Marcelle Nasr first opened Cedar Valley Lebanese Food
in the Orleans Garden Shopping Plaza on Dec. 2, 2002.
Fourteen years and thousands of shawarmas later they are
hanging up their aprons. Well, at least, Marcelle is.
Fadi will continue to support the new owners half days
as the food operations manager.
owners Haytham (second from right) and Georges
Rahmeh are taking over the Cedar Valley Lebanese
Food restaurant from Fadi and Marcelle Nasr
who are retiring after running the establishment
for 14 years. Fred Sherwin/Photo
keys to the restaurant officially changed hands on Thursday.
For Marcelle, who plans to relax for a few months after
spending seven hours a day, six days a week in the restaurant,
it was a day to reflect on what she and Fadi had built
together over the past 12 years with their daughter Jessica
and son Georges, who were 12 and 17 when they opened and
are both married now.
and Georges grew up here. This was their second home,"
said Marcelle. "There are a lot of memories here.
A lot of good memories."
said she will miss the customers the most, and the sense
of community operating the restaurant gave her.
we opened the restaurant my first thought was that the
customers are like my friends and now they are like my
family, or the Cedar Valley family."
new owners are brothers Haytham and Georges Rahmeh. Haytham
has a background in hotel and restaurant management, working
at one of the most prestigious hotels in Lebanon in his
20s and early 30s, and Georges has a background in marketing
and social media.
two men are committed to maintaining the highest level
of service and quality of food that Cedar Valley's customers
have come to count on every time they walk through the
want people to know that we are family people too and
we don't want to let Fadi and Marcelle down. This is their
child, they raised it from a baby and they are handing
it over to us know, so it's a big responsibility,"
said Haytham. "Which is why it was so important that
Fadi stays on for a while to help us and to ensure that
the quality stays the same.."
toward the future, the two men hope to promote the restaurant
more as an option for local businesses when deciding what
to have for lunch. They also plan to survey the customers
on possibly expanding the menu and adding more items.
may add a few things, but only after we listen to the
customers," said Georges.
now it's all about maintaining the status quo and getting
to know the people who made Cedar Valley a five-time winner
of the Peoples Choice Business Awards -- the customers.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)