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Nov 15, 1999 11:41 AM

El Asmar rises from the ashes, sort of.

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A new little store has appeared on Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn Heights, between Court and Clinton, in the same location as the former, much-beloved El Asmar. I went in last night when I saw that it was finally open for business, and it seems to be operated by the same very nice people, featuring the same foodstuffs. I didn't spot the older, mustachioed man and his wife, who did the delicious cooking in the back, but the prepared foods in the case looked like her stuff. I bought a stuffed eggplant but haven't eaten it yet. If it's the same, I will be so happy. Open on Sunday nights, too.

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  1. This is a strange thing. El Asmar closes down, the storefront is vacated, and now a new place opens that is practically identical -- the same layout, the same products, everything in pretty much the same place as it was before. It's like it never left. But it seems it's not the same owners -- that's what the guy I spoke to there said anyway. If El Asmar closed due to lack of business, I can't see any reason that this carbon copy would do any better. I'm glad to have the place back, though.

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    1. re: Chris E.

      Hmmmm, strange. As I said, I hadn't seen the older couple from El Asmar at the new place (Hanshali International Foods). But I did see two of the younger guys there. That stuffed eggplant turned out to be pretty good. I wonder if those two guys are related to the older couple, or what. Hmmmm again. I'd like this place to succeed, but we shall see. Thanks for your report.

      1. re: Jessica
        Lenny Karle-Zenith

        Wow! What a mystery - we were wondering if they had fallen to some conspiracy. We were SO sad to see it disappear. I would LOVE to know the whole story!!