New Restaurant Brings Middle Eastern Food to Pocatello

Reported by: Phil Campbell
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Updated: 10/12/2012 6:49 pm

Eastern Idaho’s newest restaurant may just be its most unique. And even though they only been open for a few weeks, Marhaba has already developed a strong following.

“We wanted to bring in culture,” said Sanju Coudhury, Managing Operator of Marhaba. “We want to bring in education over here. We want to bring in the taste of food. A lot of people have not traveled outside of Pocatello, we want them to come here and experience this with us.”

Sanju has lived in Pocatello for 17 years and he’s always looking for ways to help the community he loves. And so when a friend moved here from the Middle East and was also looking to contribute, they knew what to do.

It didn’t take long for a small group to form and they all contributed to turning an old rundown gas station into a cultural experience.

From chicken, beef and lamb, to salads and hummus, Marhaba is bringing authentic Middle Eastern food to diners in the Gate City.

“I think we have done a fabulous job, we have done a fabulous job,” said Sanju Coudhury, Managing Operator of Marhaba. “This is almost like the restaurants in India or Saudi Arabia would be. If you rate 1-10, I think I would rate it 8, as far as the environment and ambiance, and we are excited about it. We have done everything we could to bring this from another country to Pocatello.”

Marhaba means welcome in Arabic. On top of providing Middle Eastern food at their restaurant, the other half of the building has imported spices available for purchase. Marhaba is located near the intersection of Oak and Yellowstone in Pocatello.

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