Kabob Central opens
A long-vacant storefront across from the Alameda Theatre on Central Avenue has been transformed into a new eatery. Kabob Central is offering kabobs, salads and more (the menu features oysters, when available). A grand opening ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 29.
The restaurant was opened by brothers Parwez “Peter” Faizi and Camran Faizi, who have strong memories of kabobs from their native Afghanistan and who will share their long-held family recipes with Island residents and visitors.
“We are excited to be opening and thrilled to be across from the Alameda Theatre in this up and coming part of Alameda,” Parwez Faizi said.
The brothers have also earned the distinction of being the first business owners in Alameda to take advantage of the city’s new Business Assistance Program, collecting $50,000 from the federally funded program, which is targeted toward small business job creation. They also got design assistance and funding from the city’s façade grant program.
“We are thrilled to have Kabob Central join Alameda’s ever-growing selection of international cuisines,” Mayor Beverly Johnson said. “They have done a wonderful job taking a vacant building and giving it life, color and purpose.”
The restaurant is at 2306 Central Avenue, and their phone number is 522-5552. They’ll be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Meanwhile, Pagano’s Hardware Mart has opened up its second location at Alameda Towne Centre (they’re in the space that once housed the Blue Tomatoes furniture store). Like the original location on Lincoln Avenue, they’ve got everything from soap to saw blades. But this one’s much better lit (and they have a gated outdoor furniture area a paint counter).
Towne Centre is at the corner of Park and Otis, and the store’s phone number is 769-7540.