by Max Marbut
The name “Farah’s” has been known as a place where you could get a quick breakfast or lunch Downtown since 1964, when Kamal Farah opened his original location on Forsyth Street. Over the years, the address changed a couple of times but the food and the personality remained the same.
The business moved to Bay Street across from the County Courthouse in 2002 and has been serving office workers and many members of the law enforcement and legal communities ever since.
Following an eight-month absence, the family is running the restaurant again. Kamal’s son, Steve, is in the kitchen and has restored the family’s original menu and service and even added a thing or two.
“I grew up in the business. We lived at the beach and when I was a teenager, I would surf in the morning and work in our convenience store or the restaurant in the afternoon and at night,” he said.
Steve said his father will be around as a part-time consultant and that his mother, Maureen, is making home-made soups to serve each day for lunch.
He also said the restaurant will be open on Sundays for Jaguars home games, offering tailgating food and beverages including beer. You can also watch the game if you don’t have a ticket. Farah’s will also be open Saturday for the Atlantic Coast Conference football championship fans.
“We’ll be open from 6:30 a.m. until the last person leaves,” said Farah.
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