40 Years Of Good Food

Wednesday, September 5th 2007, 3:53 pm
By: News On 6

The life expectancy of a restaurant is probably less than ten years. That makes the story of the Cedars Import Company all the more remarkable. The News On 6’s Rick Wells reports they have been serving Po’ Boy sandwiches and Lebanese food to generations of Tulsans.

It's lunch time at Cedars Import Company. Sam Farhood and his wife Nuhad have operated this place for 40 years, first it was mostly Po’ Boys and some Middle eastern groceries.

"Probably in the late 70s we added the Lebanese cuisine, and kind of went from there," said Sam Farhood of Cedars Import Company.

Dave Fienning and Dan Bowling have been coming here for a long time, Dan since he was in high school.

"I graduated in '74 and during my junior and senior year we came up here three or four times a week and had sandwiches," customer Dan Bowling said.

And the sandwiches were the Po’ Boys, the regular and the super.

"Originally, when we first opened, the regular was 50 cents and 75 cents the super, they'd come in and line up 40 or 50 kids from Hale," Farhood said.

Lots of those kids, like Dan Bowling, are still coming back.

Cedars Import Company still has some specialty grocery items you just can't get anywhere else, like orange blossom water and dried apricot sheets. Mostly, this place is now, and always has been, about the food, so don't come in if you're not ready to eat.

The big 40 year celebration continues through Thursday with complimentary snacks and sweets. If you’d like to eat at Cedars Import Company it’s located at 2606 South Sheridan.

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