James Beard award-winning Middle Eastern grocer Sahadi’s has been a staple of Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue since the 1940s — and now for the first time in over a century, the company will expand with a new store and restaurant at Industry City.
It’s an ambitious expansion for the legendary store known for its wide selection of specialty and bulk items like olives, dried fruits, cheeses, and nuts: Sahadi’s will open its second-ever location Thursday within a 7,500-square-foot space at the Sunset Park retail complex, and the new restaurant and store will have 80 seats and a full-service bar serving Mediterranean and Lebanese wines, beer, and cocktails.
It’s also the first time the iconic grocer will offer table service, with dining ranging from breakfast and baked goods to lunch and to-go dinner options. A new mezze menu with dishes like mini kibbeh, couscous timbale, and hummus was created by co-owner Christine Sahadi Whelan, and eventually, weekend brunch will bring Middle Eastern bloody marys. Former Dean & DeLuca sous chef Alexander Dinnerstein will run the kitchen’s day-to-day.
An open kitchen shows staff preparing made-to-order Middle Eastern flatbreads like saj and pita. That Lebanese saj will be spread with za’atar and topped with ingredients such as lamb shawarma or Persian cucumbers, and then rolled and sliced. Plus, deli foods like fattoush and slow-roasted salmon with harissa will also be on sale. See full menus below.
The Industry City store is supposed to be an updated version of the original, with neatly packaged foods in a convenience store-like space. Whelan says the expansion is about bringing Sahadi’s food and services to a “new, modern setting.”
The third-generation, family-owned business originally opened in Manhattan in 1895 and made the move to Brooklyn Heights in the 1940s. The store is currently helmed by siblings Ron Sahadi and Whelan, along with Whelan’s husband Pat. In 2017, the grocer earned an America’s Classics James Beard award for its “bulk bin wonderland, packed with locals scooping through glass jars of amaranth, pistachios, dried figs, spices, and roasted coffee, or loading their carts with pantry goods like pomegranate molasses and Middle Eastern cheeses.”
Sahadi’s joins Industry City’s big food hall with standout vendors like butcher Ends Meat, Eataly-like Japanese market Japan Village, and an upcoming location of Billy Durney’s beloved Hometown Bar-B-Que.
The new store opens Thursday at 10 a.m. within Sunset Park’s Industry City, at 34 35th St. Opening hours will be limited to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day, but they’ll expand thereafter.