Food Stories

"...we were really happy with our choice to eat here and now that I know it's a local joint I like it even more!"

- Cass

The Story

For over several generations the name Massad has been synonymous with culinary excellence, both in the Bekka Valley of Lebanon and Mankato, Minnesota. With over 50 years in the food business, John Massad continues to be a master at his craft. As a young boy John decided to take over his family businesses in Lebanon and has never looked back. With over six restaurants under his belt, John Massad has truly perfected his culinary craft.

John and Najwa Massad opened their first restaurant in Mankato on November 4, 1984. The restaurant was named after their eldest daughter, Meray. The restaurant featured a combination of American and Mediterranean cuisine with a European flare, and quickly became a Mankato’s favorite. John introduced many of his recipes from back home to the restaurant. One of those items was called the “Chicken Schwarma” sandwich. The translation of the word Schwarma means “to turn.” The response was extraordinary. Due to the overwhelming response from customers, the restaurant had a hard time keeping up with demand. So in 1995, the Massad’s opened a quick service restaurant in the food court of the River Hills Mall where they would sell the famous chicken Schwarma sandwich exclusively, along with other signature Mediterranean entrees. Massad’s witnessed rapid growth and intensified interest since opening its fresh new concept of healthy, quick and affordable Mediterranean cuisine. The company is now embarking on the exciting process of expanding across North America and the rest of the world.

The Massad’s take great pride in what they do, especially when it comes to their food. With the unique combination of healthy, high-quality food and affordable prices, Massad’s continues to etch itself in the fabric of the culinary culture.

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