Faces + Places

Brooklyn Café & Lounge is on the way

HDR volunteer blogger Judy Morehouse recently sat down with the new owners of the Brooklyn Café  & Lounge, formerly Franklin’s Café. Read on to get the low-down on changes to the restaurant (it’s going Mediterranean with Wi-Fi!) and learn more about the new owners (immigrants from the Kurdish region of Iraq).

By Judy Morehouse:

I recently had the opportunity to visit with the new owner of the Brooklyn Café  & Lounge, Khosrow Barraghi, and get the low-down on his new family run restaurant, in the former Franklin’s location. Khosrow and his family – wife Suhaila and their 5 sons – are from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Irani portion of the Kurdish Nation, and part of a larger Kurd presence here in H’burg (80-90 families according to Khosrow).

The new menu will feature Mediterranean, Middle Eastern plus American food. He hopes to begin offering his new selections by the end of February, although the café is running now on a limited basis. Suhaila will be the head-chef and they hope to offer catering and have a small bakery on-site in the future. I was presented with dolma (stuffed grape leaves) to taste and Khosrow feels the best way to advertise is word of mouth. I have to tell you that the dolma was wonderful!

The café will occupy the street level of the building with a lounge on the upper level.  A beer and wine application has been requested for the lounge. The outside terrace will be upgraded with new table umbrellas, a new awning for some shading, and new landscaping to help barricade the traffic intersection noise and visibility. Wi-Fi is now available for use in the café.
I asked Khosrow why he wanted to start a business in Harrisonburg and he stated because the Harrisonburg community was now their home, a “happy town, where the people are friendly, helpful, and it’s a nice place to raise children.”
Give the Brooklyn Café & Lounge a try and enjoy a new taste experience!

3 thoughts on “Brooklyn Café & Lounge is on the way

  1. More information from Judy: The second floor lounge will allow smoking. Owner Khosrow Barraghi is meeting Virginia legal requirements with a separate ventilization unit for that area.

  2. Correction: The Barraghi family is from the Iran portion of Kurdistan, not Iraq as previously mentioned. We apologize for the error.

  3. Pingback: New Restaurant in Downtown Harrisonburg: Brookyn Cafe and Lounge

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