LOGAN SQUARE — The long-awaited opening of Masada came and went Wednesday after 10 years building and preparing on behalf of the restaurant owners.
From the family that created Sultan's Market in 1995, Masada, 2206 N. California Ave., opened Wednesday morning — though #DNAIRL goers were treated to a soft launch in May.
The concept for Masada began when the Ramlis took a tour of the Middle East, visiting Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, according to the Ramli family.
“After getting back to the states there was a yearning for that same magical, mystical, warm silky aired nights filled with pungent smells of spices wafting through those bustling souks and cafés that they decided to recreate the same atmosphere here in Logan Square,” the family wrote in a press release.
Little by little, Masada came to be, boasting three bars, a full sound system for DJ sets, a “huge patio” and a wall filled with photoshopped headshots of celebrities like Snoop Dogg and Commander Spock in turbans.
It was “10 years of designing, studying, and building,” the family wrote, “Brick by brick and many nights of burning the midnight oil the concept started to take shape of an atmosphere that is truly authentic.”
For photos of the restaurant, patio and (of course) the food, check out our #DNAIRL page.