LYNDHURST, N.J. — Lyndhurst Mayor Robert Giangeruso joined Simoahmed Zaynoune at the ribbon cutting for his new eatery on Saturday.
Zaynoune, a Moroccan immigrant, told Daily Voice that "Hummus & Guac" will serve Mexican and Mediterranean food in a "Chipotle"-style format.
"I've seen that that style of restaurant really works for people," said Zaynoune, 51. "So I want this to be a place where people can get fresh platters, burritos, falafels and tacos in a really no-hassle kind of way."
Customers pick and choose their base (i.e. burrito, pita, salad bowl, rice bowl, platter), protein, veggies, and sauces. Zaynoune's menu features Mediterranean and Mexican staples such as kebab, shawarma, chickpea salad, stuffed grape leaves, pico de gallo, tzatziki, queso blanco -- and of course, hummus and guacamole.
The 51-year-old has worked in the food business over 25 years. After his New York City restaurant was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, his daughter, Yasmina, encouraged him to look into Lyndhurst.
"She has a lot of friends who go to the high school here who are always going out for lunch who would love a place like this nearby," said Zaynoune, whose restaurant is located at 402 Valley Brook Avenue. "I hope we can bring the kids in and they tell their parents and we grow."
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