The Oberlin Review

Out with Coffee, In with Falafel While Oberlin was in recess for Winter Term, Aladdin’s Eatery; a Middle Eastern restaurant franchise, moved in to the space formerly inhabited by Java Zone. Aladdin’s Eatery had scouted Oberlin as a prospective location for some time before having the opportunity to expand its franchise here, Jamie Samaha, executive assistant to the president and CEO of Aladdin’s Eatery Systems, Inc., said via e-mail.” Our president, Fady Chamoun, has had his eye on Oberlin for the last five years. It’s his favorite college town, where he feels that customers appreciate our concept and our food. Then the opportunity came when Java Zone became available.” The Review was unable to reach Sami Ahwal, the former owner of Java Zone, for comment. Samaha said, “We have always aimed for college towns because we like to educate our customers about our cuisine, and students in general are open to explore new tastes and are health conscious.” “[Aladdin’s Eatery] fits in with the kind of business that the downtown development plan and zoning code likes to see happen in downtown,” Boyle said. “We’re excited to have them in downtown.” Aladdin’s accepts Obie Dollars and plans to launch its full menu, which will include over 40 vegetarian and vegan items, within the next few days.