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What's In Store

Charlotte restaurateur to open Middle Eastern restaurant in SouthPark in early 2016

By Katherine Peralta

December 09, 2015 03:04 PM

Charlotte restaurateur Frank Scibelli will open a new restaurant called Yafo Kitchen in SouthPark’s Morrison Place in early 2016.

Taking its inspiration from fast-casual Middle Eastern street food, the new restaurant will feature Mediterranean fare like shawarma-spiced rotisserie chicken, hummus made from organic chickpeas and baba ganoush, according to a statement Wednesday.

Israeli-born chef Shai Fargian, recently a private chef and previously at restaurants in Tel Aviv and New York, will head the kitchen at Yafo, which is named after the Israeli port town Jaffa.

Fast-casual industry veteran Paul Plocharczyk will act as director of operations.

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Yafo will have the same high-quality culinary standards and reasonable prices as other Scibelli restaurants, according to the statement Wednesday.

Scibelli’s other ventures in Charlotte include Mama Ricotta’s, Midwood Smokehouse and Paco’s Tacos & Tequila.

“At Yafo Kitchen, we will spend an incredible amount of time sourcing the freshest seasonal ingredients and apply them to our traditional family recipes,” Scibelli said.

In addition to the 3,000-square-foot SouthPark location, Scibelli is scouting other sites in the area for possible future Yafos.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta