Gazala’s, the Druze restaurant that closed its doors on 78th street and Columbus in 2015, is planning to reopen at 447 Amsterdam Avenue between 81st and 82nd streets, which appears to be the former home of The Meatball Shop.
Druze is a religion and culture based in the Middle East. “Their tradition dates back to the 11th century and incorporates elements of Islam, Hinduism and even classical Greek philosophy,” according to the Pew Research Center. Druze specialties include sagg pitas, which are large and crepe-like, and all sorts of meats, kebabs and bean stew. There are familiar spread like hummus and yogurts.
Chef Gazala Halabi, who is from Israel, opened a small restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen about a decade ago and she now lives on the Upper West Side. She told Food and Wine magazine in mid-March that she planned to open the new Gazala’s in about two months.
A liquor license hearing for the new space is scheduled for Wednesdsay, April 11 at 7 p.m. at 250 West 87th Street.
Thanks to Terry for the photo and tip.