Ten months after Israeli chef Oded Rauvenpoor closed Falafel Bar, he's offering tastes of the popular Mediterranean restaurant's menu at Fables, in the downtown library.
Rauvenpoor has operated Fables since 2015, offering a menu of soups, salads and sandwiches. He's considering opening a new restaurant in Buffalo, but for the summer will be offering his Mediterranean fare through Fables, then in a food truck expected to debut this summer.
"I bought a truck, and we're putting a Falafel Bar truck out," Rauvenpoor said. "That should be ready in a month or a half."
In the meantime, Fables, the second-floor café in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, will add to choices like hummus platters. There will be falafel, babaganoush, souvlaki wraps and salads, and the popular "Three Sisters sandwich," combining hummus, gyro and fried eggplant.
The food truck will have Falafel Bar's best hits, including much of the Fables Mediterranean lineup and a chicken schnitzel sandwich, Rauvenpoor said.
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He's also working on an app for the Falafel Bar truck, aimed at allowing people to order from the truck menu, pay online and pick up food from a dedicated pickup window to avoid the truck's main line. "I want to give an option so you can order and not wait," he said.
Fans can follow along on the truck's progress by checking the Falafel Bar Facebook page for details and videos, he said.
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