December 1, 2023


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Vermont’s First Afghan Restaurant, Bamyan Kebab House, Opens in Winooski | Food News | Seven Days

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Brothers Awran and Wazirgul Hashimi opened Bamyan Kebab Residence final Thursday at 65 Winooski Falls Way in the area vacated by Shafer’s Marketplace & Deli. The Hashimis consider that their new business, which is named right after their native province and its funds city in Afghanistan, is the first Afghan cafe in Vermont.

The name of the location and the restaurant also indicates “shining light,” Awran said.

Bamyan Kebab Property will be open up every working day but Monday for lunch and supper, serving a huge array of dishes such as seasoned, grilled meats in excess of spiced rice steamed, filled dumplings known as mantu and a flaky, fried pastry stuffed with scallions and greens referred to as bolani.

“Mantu is a person of the most popular of Afghan dishes,” Awran explained. “It is the initial factor people prepare dinner if you are a guest.”

All meats are halal, and no alcohol is served. The Hashimis have ordered distinctive ovens in which to prepare dinner kebabs.

Awran, 29, lives in Winooski. He arrived to Poultney from Afghanistan in 2011 on a U.S. authorities-sponsored student trade program and stayed to go to the now-shut Environmentally friendly Mountain Higher education. He then generate a master’s diploma in human sources and strategic management from the University of Denver. Even though researching in Vermont, he arranged for his youthful brother to be part of him in the U.S. on a student visa.

“I did not have any plan to open up a cafe,” Awran reported, “but considering the fact that Vermont recognized so several Afghan refugees, we made the decision to open up this area as a social place for them to get connected, to sense nearer to dwelling, as effectively as to introduce Afghan lifestyle to Vermonters.”

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Chef Bibi Nakhod will lead the kitchen with the help of assistant chef Wardak Karimi. Each are amongst the Afghan refugees freshly resettled in the U.S. right after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover of the country.

Nakhod was a chef in Afghanistan, Awran claimed. Her husband labored for the U.S. federal government and was killed during the war. Karimi was a soldier in the U.S.-qualified armed forces.

Awran recalled how distinct and overseas Vermont felt when he very first arrived from Afghanistan. Eleven several years later, he claimed he is thrilled to welcome extra fellow Afghans and hopes that his family’s restaurant will assistance the newcomers settle in.

“It truly is really challenging to go away dwelling,” Awran claimed. “It does not make a difference how undeveloped it is, how really hard it is [to live there]. It can be nevertheless residence.”