South Side 6 adds spice to BGWritten by Andrew Farr | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In college towns, people can go almost anywhere to buy beer, chips, cigarettes or other convenience store items. But for 17 years, South Side 6 has gone beyond the corner store standard, offering a unique blend of international cuisine to Bowling Green.
The store is a 600-square-foot establishment on the northeast corner of Napoleon Road and South Main Street. Although the sign outside reads “South Side 6 Party Store: Beer, Snacks, Lottery and Cigarettes,” South Side also offers a variety of Lebanese food that keeps customers pouring in day after day.
Owner So Shaheen a Lebanon native, came to Bowling Green and opened South Side 6 in March of 1992 with his wife Amal. Their idea was to create a store where students as well as Bowling Green residents could come to buy beer, wine and cigarettes, but also taste their unique selection of Lebanese food. As the store became popular, the food started to become more of a focus. Today, people still come in to pick up a case of beer, but ‘South Side’ is well-known for its 50+ menu items that include sandwiches, salads, wings, burgers, chicken and their signature fries.
Ross Richardson, a senior at the University, said he goes to South Side 6 “all the time,” whether it’s for getting some food or just picking up some beer.
“They definitely have some different food at South Side, but the fries are just awesome,” Richardson said.
“A lot of people come in just to pick up some beer or drinks, but the food they serve makes this store a little different than others.”
Each item on the menu is made from scratch every day at South Side. Some of the popular items include fatoosh and tabouli salads, hummus, shawarma chicken, kafta, gyros and falafel. Shaheen said that other than beer, cigarettes, wine, or anything a person could get anywhere else, the food is the draw to South Side.
“The hummus and chips is our most popular food,” he said.
“We are always busy and we probably make almost 1,000 different sandwiches in a matter of a couple days.”
South Side 6 also offers a variety of daily specials on food each week. Shaheen said he probably gets the biggest turnout on Thursdays when they have a 2-for-$5 special on Gyros with the choice of chicken, beef or both.
Nate Iverson, who works at South Side, said people value good service and are extremely faithful in coming back for the food.
Tim Newman, a political science instructor at BGSU is one of many customers who come to South Side on a regular basis.
“If I had to go to one place in Bowling Green to eat, I would come to South Side for the chicken shawarma,” Newman said.
Shaheen is particularly proud of South Side’s commitment to customer service. He said he doesn’t value big corporate stores as much as smaller mom-and-pop stores because the atmosphere and attention to customers is just different.
“We practically know everyone that comes into the store by name,” he said. “And as long as they keep coming back, we’re happy.”
For more information on South Side 6 and its menu, call (419) 352-8639 or visit the Web site at www.SouthSide6.com.
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