An Observer staffer who lives in east Ann Arbor defines the businesses about Packard and Platt as having a "low-energy charm." The quiet backwater the shops, restaurants, and services deserve to make you thankful that some landlords in Ann Arbor are supposedly charging reasonable rents--yet likewise fearful it"s every one planning commission poll away from becoming the following high-rise PUD. Every time a gritty, gallant organization signs a lease here, it"s a reason to rejoice. The latest is Once ~ above a Grill, or "home that the kati roll," as it bills itself.

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Owners Furrokh Khan and wife Farah Ejaz aren"t brand-new to the restaurant business. Khan says most civilization assumed he to be the owner the the eastern Flame, wherein Blimpy citizens is now, though he actually regulated it because that his cousin Ali Mustafah. Mustafah functions for IBM in Dubai and also now spends most of his time there. Eastern Flame closed around the time Reza Rahmani to be buying increase the Ashley St. Block the housed it, yet that wasn"t the reason Khan, fifty, and also Mustafah closeup of the door it. "I had 4 heart assaults in one month!" cannes says. "I"m well now. I"m watching my diet, taking care of myself."Once top top a Grill is smaller and also humbler than Eastern Flame. Instead of tables, he"s mounted one long respond to along the former of the former City"s Pizza and Subs, and also in pretty weather he puts tables outside, however most customers lug out. The food selection brings earlier most the what he served at the east Flame. "His customers are an extremely loyal," agrees client Nitin Singh, that works in ~ Deque (pronounced DQ) systems on south Main. Singh states his brother told that the eastern Flame man was earlier in business, and also he headed straight there. "Only a few places serve biryani, and he renders the actual thing," sink says, then locations his bespeak in Hindi. "But," the says, switching back to English, "kati rolls room very an excellent too. They"re very large all throughout south
Asia." one more customer rod his head in the door, quickly calls out something in one more language, and also ducks out again. "He to be speaking Urdu," states Khan. "He stated he wanted an order of chicken biryani and also would be best back." The following phone call was in his hometown language, Sindhi. Khan also speaks Punjabi and also Arabic and understands Farsi.Khan is Pakistani (and spent a most his childhood in Saudi Arabia whereby his father to be an executive for lever Brothers), however he says the food across northern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh is the same. Salads, fries, and also burgers appear on the menu, yet customers mainly come for biryani (spicy rice pilaf) and kati rolls, the south asian version the gyros--fresh, griddle-cooked flatbread wrapped roughly spiced meat or vegetables. The fillings space as differed as Indian food itself. Khan uses ten vegetarian katis and about sixteen v meat.Once top top a Grill opened around the beginning of Ramadan, when devout Muslims rapid until sunset, and also Khan to be pretty casual around the hours. He promised hrs would be regular as shortly as Ramadan to be over.Once top top a Grill, 3148 Packard, 997-5277. Mon.-Thurs., Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri. 4 p.m.-11 p.m. No website.

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