In 2011 Mr. Ali Adi opened the Downtown Circle, which brought to downtown Youngstown a clean market stocked with goods, also serving daily unique freshly-prepared ethnic foods.
Less than a year later in January 2012, the successful entrepreneur will expand this model to an additional location in the city, but with a larger footprint.
Beginning next week, renovations will begin at the former R&S Market near the corner of Elm and Madison, just north of the YSU Campus and adjacent to other new and established private businesses near Wick Park such as Edward's Flowers, Dorian Books, and The Flats at Wick.
The new location, to be named the "University Circle," will have both a full market and a cafe space with wi-fi and seating for 46 people.
The existing two entrances will be remodeled into a single central entrance, with a complete physical redesign to the visual appeal of the building.
Similar to the location downtown, specialties such as chicken shawarma, grape leaves, smoothies, veggie falafel sandwiches, slowly-roasted meats can be ordered for lunches and dinners. The architectural drawings for the new place even have a space/drawn component for "vertical rotisseries."
What can north side residents and YSU students expect inside the "University Circle"?
Here's some quick shots of the interior and food from the "Downtown Circle" on Federal Street:
long live pickles on your pita...