Muhammad Ali: Middle Eastern Food on George

Text by Sarah Smellie. Comic by Elling Lien.


  1. kevin · September 6, 2011

    this is heartbreaking. would love to have a gyros option.

  2. No Way · September 6, 2011

    Put up poles for vendors and drive up my taxes even more? No thanks!

  3. Sarah Smellie · September 6, 2011

    Hey No Way,
    El Bakri and Al Haijaa say that the city would put the poles up, but that the vendors would pay for them over a period of time, be it via higher taxes or higher rent cost for their spot.

  4. Cotter · September 6, 2011

    I’d love to have a kebab option but the city’s idea of installing poles seems wacky to me. There has to be a simpler/cheaper solution (both for da boys and for us taxpayers).
    What about a propane-fired refrigerator and propane heater and forget about the electric fan?

  5. RS · September 6, 2011

    Cool story, and great comic, but I’d have to ask the question: is there really a market for Middle Eastern food on George Street?

  6. lemre · September 6, 2011

    There is TOTALLY a market for Middle Eastern food on Geroge!! Everyone loves a change from the late night hot dogs and pizza we eat. Hello yummy Shish Kabob! Mmmm! But seriously, blocking a loading zone? Come on now, who is loading anything into The Sprout or the lawyers office next door on Friday or Saturday night from Midnight to 4am?!?! Come on now city. Give someone a break ya bunch of buggers!

  7. Andreae Callanan · September 6, 2011

    There is no greater drunk food than the kebab!

  8. Sarah Smellie · September 6, 2011

    It’s also a fine item to enjoy with a woman of part-time model-grade hotness. Just sayin’.

  9. Nathan Downey · September 6, 2011

    I’ve been utterly dying for Middle Eastern street food. I really hope this works out, and soon.

  10. Daniel · September 6, 2011

    falafel and shawarma pls st john’s is missing out

  11. damian · September 6, 2011

    great comicarticle…i totally agree, this is exactly what downtown St.John’s needs…mmm mmm

  12. RS · September 6, 2011

    Haha, fair enough.

  13. dave · September 6, 2011

    I’m all about having this option via food truck downtown but shouldn’t they have looked into it a bit more regarding the electricity use? In the long run would it be better to just get a propane truck instead of waiting on the city to possibly meet their needs? As they mentioned, they’ve been waiting 7 months so far and are expecting another 3-4 month wait.

  14. j · September 6, 2011

    Yum so will this be like irelands abra cababra!

  15. Anonymous · September 6, 2011

    Agreed with Dave. I’d love to see them do this, and if/when this gets off the ground I swear I will never eat another hot dog or slice of pizza on George Street again. However it was clearly poorly planned and now it looks like they will pay for it, that’s business. I also agree with the very last comment in the article/comic, but putting up with bureaucracy and BS from the City of St. John’s is just a reality that they should have been aware of before investing in a business.

  16. fluffy · September 6, 2011

    YES! HELLS YES. Please give me something.. anything other than dirty pizza and hotdogs. Late night kebab. LATE NIGHT KEBAB.

  17. MP · September 6, 2011

    I don’t understand the city and its mysterious processes. Here these guys are, offering a business that provides the people of St. John’s with a healthier late night food option while running a less environmentally-damaging vehicle, yet they are met with nothing but the same old lazy/shortsighted bullshit that continually spews out of city hall. I bet if someone was trying to erect a Sobey’s in that loading zone they’d have ground broken by tomorrow. Come on St. John’s! Give the people what they want! Go Ali!!

  18. steve · September 6, 2011

    so, why cant they plug into the existing poles?

  19. Jen · September 6, 2011

    I’m a huge fan of fresh Arabic food! Give me a shawarma or some shish tawooq! Maybe a few kibbehs, zataar pies… I would spend my cab fare at this snack truck! Please let it be open for the summer!

  20. Jen · September 6, 2011

    And is there a Counselor we can write to to speed this along?

  21. Shelley · September 6, 2011

    It would be so amazing to have an interesting and decent option for fast food on George. Can’t the city ever manage to think outside the box? And don’t even get me started on how these guys are trying to make a life for themselves and seem to be running into nothing but hurdles!

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