‘Food, friendship, harmony’ found at Lebanese bakeryWritten by Michael Driehorst | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Many businesses aim to be a “one-stop shop” for customers’ needs. But, it seems you don’t associate that phrase with dining — unless you’re the Tiger Lebanese Bakery, with dine-in capacity, a bakery, grocery store, catering service and wholesale distribution center featuring Lebanese and other Middle Eastern food.
The Tiger Lebanese Bakery was established in 1971 and still operates at the same 4215 Monroe St. location. In 1988, Abdul and Shadia Hammuda purchased the business. The 6710 W. Central Ave. location was opened in 1998.
Abdul Hammuda said the Tiger Lebanese Bakery originally opened as a grocery store and pita bread bakery to offer Middle East items that were not otherwise locally available, Until then, people had to drive to the Detroit area.
Over the years, the Tiger Lebanese Bakery added more prepared and specialized food and slowly, steadily started to add more dining area starting in 1990. Today, there are more than 40 items on its dine-in luncheon menu.
“Food is a great communicator between cultures,” Hammuda said. “We have a warm, Middle Eastern décor, friendly people who can speak Arabic and Arabic music playing in the background.
“When you walk in, you get the feel for what grocery shopping is like in the Middle East.”
On the menu, Hammuda said the hummus and fattoush tend to be the most popular items. However, he said more people should try and would like the fatayers — individual-size pies with six flavors from which to choose, including meat, vegetable, spinach, cheese and potato.
Hammuda said there is a lot of value on his luncheon menu. For $6.99, customers can choose any four side dishes or a sandwich and two sides, all “served warm, with plenty of food,” he said.
For those watching what they eat, Hammuda said a Mediterranean diet is good for your heart and your overall health.
During its history, the Tiger Lebanese Bakery has gained a level of fame for its unique offerings, not only locally, but nationally and internationally as well.
Hammuda said the U.S. State Department featured his family and business in a video in 2002 that was shown in the Middle East and elsewhere. His family and business were showcased as examples of successful American Muslims.
Whether it’s with the U.S. government or with customers, Hammuda said his focus is the same: “We hope to be a messenger of food, friendship and harmony, and think Toledo is a great place for that.”