For the last three years, Lebanese chef Edouard Massih had been running a catering business specialized in modern Lebanese food. But when the pandemic broke out, work had to slow down.
However, it was in this pandemic that Edy was able to turn it all around, live his dreams, and open up the first Lebanese grocery and deli in his area, according to ABC 7 News.
Fun and vibrant, Edy’s Grocer is bringing Lebanon’s most popular items to Brooklyn. From debs remmen (pomegranate molasses) and zaatar, to fan-favorite Lebanese convenient store snacks like Bonjus and Master Chips.
Having bought the store from its long-time Polish owner Maria, Edy kept the Polish spirit alive in the store by having some Polish groceries and keeping two Polish classics on the menu.
Both Edy and Maria have a great relationship. In fact, Edy used to joke with her about taking over the store, but never thought it would actually happen. Well, that’s what could apparently happen when a thought concocts into an intention in the back of your mind!
Edy’s Grocer provides its own store-made Lebanese dips, Mezze, and daily Lebanese specialties, and most importantly, man’oush, all prepared by chef Edy’s magical hands.
On the grand opening day, Edy’s Grocer completely sold out! On the same day, Edy held an in-store fundraiser to raise money for Beirut and was able to raise over $2,000.
Opening shortly after the tragic Beirut Port explosion, Edy, who moved to the U.S. at the age of 10, says it only pushes him to work harder and make his people back home proud.