“I always wanted a Mediterranean restaurant,” says Paul Khoury of the relatively new Cedars, located on Western just south of Interstate 40. Khoury, who came to the United States from Lebanon in 1980, is no stranger to the local restaurant scene. He owned La Bella Pizza on Olsen before retiring several years ago, and had traveled back and forth between restaurant ventures in Texas and Michigan—where he lived right after his arrival in the U.S.—for more than two decades.
But Khoury found he wasn’t ready to stay retired. “I can’t just be sitting home,” he says. “I have to go to work.”
With so few local options for Mediterranean food, Khoury imagined Amarillo would support the fresh flavors he grew up on. The response to Cedars has proved him right. “Most of our customers are repeat customers. People are familiar with Mediterranean food,” he says. His restaurant offers lunch and dinner menus, with favorites like gyros, falafel and kebabs proving popular with locals.
No meal at Cedars is complete without Khoury’s house-made hummus and fresh, homemade bread.
“Our foods are traditional and take lots of time to prepare. No other restaurant serves [these dishes],” Khoury says. “We take great pride in being the place where families get together to enjoy a meal.”
2110 S. Western St.