Shish Wraps, a Mediterranean Grille and the newest addition to Brown Street, is set to open Wednesday, Feb. 27.
The restaurant will offer a relatively new kind of eats for all on campus, specializing in marinated shish kabobs wrapped in pita bread. The restaurant will also be accepting Flyer Express as a convenience to University of Dayton students.
Since the restaurant is located just off campus and the owners are a pair of Lebanese-American brothers, both are UD alumni, the UD Marketing Club has been
working closely with Shish Wraps to help prepare for its grand opening.
Deanna Tomaselli, who heads the external relations for UDMKT, is also in charge of the “Shish Committee,” which is a group of around 17 UD students who are helping to market for the new restaurant.
She said she contacted owner Simon Abboud at the beginning of the school year after hearing about the restaurant from UDMKT
president Dara Paxson, and they have been working together to promote the grand opening ever since.
Abboud is a first-generation Lebanese-American who, along with his brother, learned how to cook from his mother. They
quickly noticed the lack of Lebanese food during their years studying at UD, and decided to share their recipes with the UD campus and the rest of the Dayton community.
“The founders have found a unique horizontal rotisserie style grill with 30 inch skewers that help maintain all the flavors in their specially marinated meats while cooking them to perfection,” according to the restaurant’s website, shishwraps.com where students can also find their menu.
“I would encourage UD students to try Shish Wraps because it sounds delicious,” Tomaselli said. “They also take Flyer Express, and their prices are very affordable for poor college students.”
To promote the grand opening, members of the “Shish Committee” will wear T-shirts from the restaurant and hand out menus throughout campus
so students can see what they offer, according to Tomaselli.
“Shish has promotions going on so the first 100 customers will get a free T-shirt,” Tomaselli said, “And there will also be chances to win $25 gift cards.
“There is nothing like it on campus, and I think a lot of students are really going to enjoy it.”