Refugee-Friendly Falafel Chain Opens Tysons Corner Location


Refugee-Friendly Falafel Chain Opens Tysons Corner Location

Residents of Tysons Corner no longer have to make the journey across the Potomac River for a feast on possibly the Middle East’s most global specialty: Falafel.

That is because inside Tysons Corner Center, at 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Falafel Inc opened its newest location in greater Washington. And the business’ admirable drive to help refugees around the world with part of its proceeds is all the more reason to stop by and simply devour big bites here.

The restaurant already has an indisputable popularity with the amazing food it serves on incredibly reasonable prices at its Georgetown and Wharf locations. On Yelp, it has a five-star rating out of nearly 500 reviews.

Menu items include hummus, zaatar fries, pali salad and tabouli as well as falafel bowls and sandwiches for as little as $3 or $4. Besides, the company’s falafel is completely gluten free and it uses only the freshest ingredients to create all its specialties daily on the site.

100 Stores for 1 Million Refugees 

The owners aim to reach a chain of 100 stores worldwide to help bring food to a million refugees’ tables every year. It will hold a grand opening for its Tysons Corner spot on September 28th. It is on Tysons Corner Center Level 1. The massive shopping mall features over 60 other cafes and restaurants.

Falafel Inc opened its first restaurant at 1210 Potomac Street NW in Georgetown in 2017. And earlier this year, it expanded to District Wharf, a mile long redevelopment stretch along the Potomac in southwest D.C. where dozens of restaurants have popped up in line with the city’s plans to create a major waterfront attraction in the area.

Soon, the business will grow with three more spots across the U.S. – one in Boston, one in Palo Alto and one in Los Angeles. Three others will follow them outside the national borders – one in Mexico City, one in Amman and one in Dubai.

The Man Behind All The Work

Propelling that much of enthusiasm is a young entrepreneur with migrant roots: Ahmad Ashkar. He is the CEO and founder of Hult Prize Foundation. With former President Bill Clinton backing his non-profit, he has already helped his fellow entrepreneurs receive as much as $50 million in funding for their “for-good, for-profit” business ideas since 2009.

At the latest addition to his growing chain in Tysons Corner, Ashkar now has a chance to introduce his Palestinian mother’s recipes to even more people. And perhaps, it will also be possible to inspire others to join him to do good while doing business.