The mercurial location at 1805 Church Street will soon reopen as Jerusalem restaurant, a Middle Eastern eatery serving falafel, gyros, hummus, kabobs, stuffed grape leaves and traditional pastries.
Jeff Abuhmoud from Jerusalem (the one in Israel) and business partner Zahran Mawali from Dubai (the one in the United Arab Emirates) are putting the finishing touches on the space that most recently housed Fire & Ice Lounge. The team is redesigning the interior, bringing in a traditional tent and creating floor seating. If all goes according to plan, Jerusalem could open in the next three weeks. A patio is in the works, but will not likely be ready when the restaurant opens.
Abuhmoud and Mawali purchased the restaurant operations of the short-lived Fire & Ice from owner Naresh Kumar, who also owns Sitar Indian restaurant on 21st Ave. Mawali owns Tarboosh, the 3-year-old hookah-and-tea lounge next door to Sitar.
Jerusalem will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week and will offer hookahs after 10 p.m.