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!