Growing up in Beirut, every event, decision, joy and sadness revolved around food. The preparation, presentation, enjoyment, and the special time afterwards is critical to the experience. These virtues were taught to young Wahib Arbid.
With a cousin a master chef in one of Beruit's finest restaurants, young Arbid learned and made a name for himself as a pastry prodigy.
Wahib arrived in New York 1970 and worked at the Beiruit Restaurant at 32nd and Broadway and then at Uncle Tanoose at 76th and Broadway. Shortly after, he ran a Greek Diner in Staten Island. By 1976, with the warm weather calling, he moved to Miami to manage a new Mediterranean restaurant.
In 1982, having made great friends with the two founders of Two Jays, Mr. Arbid was asked to join the new enterprise and with over a decade of experience in the NY-style of delicatessen deductibles, he designed the menu, established the procedures, the quality, the presentation, and the atmosphere that led to the franchise's growth.
After ten years with Two Jays, Mr. Arbid was called upon to advise many of the iconic restaurants we take for granted all over Palm Beach.
Wahib opened Aladdin Mediterranean Grill in 2007 in its present location next to Home Depot on Northlake Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens.
And it just got better. People love the freshness, the delicate spices, the generous portions, and the camaraderie that comes with a neighborhood restaurant. With an outdoor patio, Aladdin provides Hookah and specialty tobaccos.
And since everything on the menu is authentic Middle Eastern, Aladdin added family-style Belly Dancing for the delight of its guests.
"We thank our loyal friends who have kept Aladdin afloat during these difficult times ."