Fishtown is getting a 10,000-square-foot restaurant, market, and garden with a Levantine theme. Suraya, going into 1528 Frankford Avenue, will offer Lebanese fare with influence from Turkish, Syrian, Iraqi, Israeli, Egyptian, and Palestinian cuisines. It’s from Greg Root and Nick Kennedy, who own Root, and Nathalie Richan of the French-Lebanese Café La Maude.
The restaurant portion of Suraya will serve a mix of small plates and larger sharable dishes coming out of an open kitchen complete with a 12-foot charcoal grill. The food is meant to be eaten with hands instead of utensils. Smalls plates will also be available in the outdoor garden.
Both areas will serve alcohol, including arak, an anise-flavored drink popular in Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East. The garden and restaurant are going for early fall openings.
Slated to open later this summer, the market at Suraya will be a combo café, coffee bar, and retail store, with prepared foods, packaged items, spices, and alcohol.