Top restaurant in Philly’s Chinatown will soon be dog-friendly

CHINAWAY, Pa.

(AP) For diners in Chinatown, there’s a new dog-friendlier option on the menu: A Middle Eastern restaurant in Philadelphia.

Sahaara Restaurant & Bar, which opened its first location in Philadelphia’s Chinatown in November, is a restaurant that caters to Middle Eastern diners, and it has won the approval of the city’s Department of Health to open a second location, a spokeswoman for the restaurant told the Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1j7qO1m ).

The restaurant has won approval from the city to open its second location in the city, which also includes a new Chinese restaurant and a dog-themed restaurant, the spokeswoman said.

The new restaurants will open in early 2018, the Inquireer reported.

The two new restaurants were approved on Monday by the Department of Public Health, according to the spokeswoman.

Sarma is a Middle Eastern-themed, restaurant that focuses on Middle Eastern cuisine.

The restaurant is located at 1425 Chestnut Street, and is currently open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the spokeswoman told the Inquires.

Sahiara is open daily from 11 a.am to 6 p.b.m.; it serves traditional Middle Eastern food that includes falafel, hummus, lamb chops, and falafels, according its website.

It also offers traditional Middle East-style cuisine including falafela and falavalli.

The city’s first two locations are located in Chinatown and the city has a number of dog-related restaurants that are also open to the public, including a pet-friendly restaurant and pet-free restaurant, said the spokeswoman, Jennifer O’Neil.

The two new locations, which are also in Chinatowns historic Chinatown neighborhood, will open later this year.

Salee Haseen, a restaurant critic at The New York Times, told the Associated Press (http:www.wsj.com/articles/mexico-discovers-chinese-chicken-restaurant-says-it-s-now-dog-friendly-1d0q0bx) that the new restaurants show how Chinatowns history has influenced the neighborhood.

The Chinese are the original inhabitants of Chinatown, she said.

The restaurants have been approved by the city and the Department, and the first two restaurants will begin opening later this summer, according the spokeswoman of the new restaurant.SAMAHARA is located in a historic neighborhood in Chinatown.SAMIHARA will open its first restaurant at the former Chinatown Hotel, located at 1625 Chestwood Street.

The building was built in the early 1900s as a hotel and is now part of a renovation effort.

The new restaurant will be open from 9 a.mi. to 6:30 p.p.m on Monday and Tuesday, and from noon to 2 p.pm on Wednesday, the spokesman said.

Samiha is a Chinese restaurant located at 1320 Chestwood St., in Philadelphia, and serves traditional Chinese food including traditional Chinese rice dishes, and traditional Chinese cuisine, according it’s website.

The restaurant was approved by city officials on Monday to open on the first day of its opening, the spokesperson said.

There will be no changes to the restaurant’s menu and the restaurant will not be closed, she told the AP.

The announcement came less than two weeks after another Middle Eastern eatery opened in the Philadelphia neighborhood, which was known as a hub for American and Israeli Jews and Muslims, and also was home to many Muslims and Christians.

Kebab House, located near a former U.S. Navy base on a busy street in Philadelphia known as Broad Street, opened in May 2018.

The shop, owned by Muslim-owned owners, serves halal, kosher, and kosher options, according KebabHouse.com.

The store is located on the same street as Sarma, and both restaurants are open daily, according their website.