PATERSON, NJ- Paterson's newest downtown restaurant is open for business! Surrounded by local officials including Congressman Bill Pascrell, Mayor Andre Sayegh, and City Council President Maritza Davila, and with well over 100 hungry guests looking on, owner Azi Alam cut the ribbon to Silk City Platters on Saturday.
Serving what he called "New York style Halal food", Alam had his kitchen at full capacity turning out tasty dishes overflowing with basmati rice topped with a choice of chicken, gyro, or falafel, along with diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions, and a cooling white sauce.
Now open every day except Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., the former Subway has been transformed and now boasts a bright setting, comfortable tables, and reliable wifi, and will feature a daily menu that allows guests to pick between having their meal served with pita, as a platter, or on a salad, and includes a number of additional toppings to choose from. For the less adventurous eaters hamburgers, as well as crispy chicken and fish sandwiches are also on offer.
Saying that growing up in Paterson has had a huge impact on him personally Alam offered his hope that the new business is a part of the city's growth.
"Opening Silk City Platters means more to me then just serving," Alam said. "It's more about building a great team and restoring the comfort and appreciation of this historical area once again." If Alam's words didn't reflect his love for Paterson enough, the large mural depicting the Great Falls hanging proudly in the dining room backed them up.
"Today is about more than a photo op," Councilman Michael Jackson told TAPinto Paterson as he stood at the register to be the first paying customer. "If we want businesses to succeed we need to also spend money" he said to the gathered audience before offering his praise for the "quality product" Alam has brought to Paterson consumers.
Silk City Platters is located at 170 Market Street.
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