Falafel Den to reopen this weekend in new downtown location – New York News










SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.>> A small downtown eatery is opening at a new nearby space with more square footage.

Falafel Den, formerly located at 6 Phila St. in downtown Saratoga Springs, is moving a few doors down to 10 Phila St., where it is expected to open to the public this weekend.

Owner Zouhir Lian originally started Falafel Den in 2014 in a tiny basement unit with seating for only four people.

The roughly 100-square-foot business would often have a line out the door, as it became popular with locals, college students and out-of-town visitors alike.


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“We have very, very famous falafel here,” Lian said, noting that customers drive from Albany, Schenectady and Clifton Park to eat Falafel Den food.

Because of Falafel Den’s success over the past three years, Lian has decided to expand into a larger space. Though his business strategy was to start small, Lian said he decided to make it bigger.

While the new estimated 400-square-foot unit isn’t gigantic, is certainly feels roomy in comparison to the first spot.

Now Falafel Den will have a total of 15 chairs where guests can sit to enjoy their food.

“Hopefully in the future I’m going to have 50,” Lian said, already thinking ahead to his next step.

After seven months of renovating the former boutique and four months of Falafel Den being closed, Lian is aiming to reopen the business this weekend.

As the owner awaits some final approvals, he is eager to show off his new expanded eatery and customers are anxious to check it out as well.

“They can’t wait to see us…

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