Meet Your Neighbours – The Khalils
Youssef and Najawa Khalil: Aleppo Donairs and Shawarma
It was a long and winding path that brought Youssef and Najawa to Crescent Heights Village. When the couple arrived in Canada from Lebanon in 2004, neither could have imagined that they’d wind up serving delicious shawarma and donairs. Youssef had a background in accounting, construction and computer science, which has taken him through a career in construction and oil and gas until the plummeting price of oil landed him in a different field altogether, working the Calgary International Airport.
Meanwhile, Najawa was putting her culinary skills to work at Aleppo as a staff member. When the opportunity came up to buy the business, the Khalils decided to take the plunge and set about the process, which took eight months allowing them to finally take over…one month before the pandemic hit. Thanks to a long history of knowing how to roll with the times, the couple pivoted to take-out and are now happy to be serving dine-in once again. Stop by soon for an amazing middle eastern treat.