It's your home when you're not at home.
That's the mantra Ali Kachour would like people to think of when they dine at SAS Brochette Grill (located at 101 1st Ave.). He first visited Brooks in 2016, and was impressed by how peaceful and friendly the Centennial City appeared.
"To have a business, you have to live in peace," said Kachour. "I wanted to come to Brooks. When I first drove on Second Street, it already had lots of memories."
He noted that the first impression reminded him of his hometown in Lebanon – the businesses along the street, even the placement of the city's cemetery was similar to his town. This remembrance and Kachour's intuition about the city drew him in, and 20 days after the initial visit, he was unlocking the door at his new restaurant.
When you enter SAS Brochette Grill, you'll likely be greeted by Kachour, who has an infectious smile and a firm handshake. He wants to make sure each and every person in the dining party feels welcome. Right away, the friendly atmosphere takes hold.
Then there's the food.....oh, the food! Steve in the kitchen is an absolute wizard. The dishes that come out are simply amazing – and healthy. It's the kind of comfort food you don't feel bad about because it's not going to do any harm.
Kachour noted a few changes will take place for the summer, including some Italian and Greek dishes, plus using the outdoor patio. Right now, they still feature the lunch buffet that made the location famous under the previous owners. Kachour said that most of the food items are grilled instead of fried, preferring fresh, good food. Another part of the SAS experience is the shisha bar – a first for Brooks, and something Kachour also plans to expand in the future. Currently, they offer 10 herbal nicotine-free flavours.
"In the summertime, we're going to have fruit shisha with actual apple and actual grape," he said.
Creating a fantastic dining experience is nothing new to Kachour, he has experience with four restaurants, the latest being Calgary's Ali Baba Prime Spot – a popular 150-seat restaurant and shisha lounge.
Right now, the prime objective to is build their contingent of happy customers.
"For us, so far, we're not thinking about profit," Kachour said. "It's more about enjoying the kind people - those who want us to succeed and are giving their support."
The end of April is going to be a milestone for SAS Brochette Grill, as they are finally getting around to their grand opening. The restaurant has been serving customers since November 23, 2016, but have been too busy to get around to the official duty. There will be an evening event for dignitaries, and a public grand opening on April 27 with everything on the menu at half the price.
"We'll be more than happy to serve everyone who walks in here," says Kachour with a quick smile.