Can a gala opening like Dan Gilbert-backed Punch Bowl Social help other new and veteran businesses? Small business blogger Amy Haimerl of Crain's says yes.
Haimerl spoke with Karar Al-Murshidy, the 26-year old owner of Café Al Karar, which opened in July on Broadway Street downtown. The restaurant replaced Al's Paradise Café, owned by Al-Murshidy's uncle. When the restaurant lease was up Al-Murshidy moved to a larger space where "he could then hire more employees—and a cook—and spend more time focusing on managing the restaurant and business."
While the restaurant has been relatively successful during the day, the owner says that dinner service has been a challenge. While he doesn't want to alienate a loyal clientele that enjoys the halal restaurant, the owner has reluctantly been considering pursuing a liquor license to boost the slow dinner service.
Luckily, Al-Murshidy reports that new restaurants like Punch Bowl Social across the street have helped. Employees from the "eatertainment" venue as well from Wright & Co. are now frequent visitors to the café.
Café Al Karar is located at 1368 Broadway and is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The halal restaurant's chicken schwarma and garlic sauce come highly recommended.