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Cheektowaga restaurant is 5th Rachel's Mediterranean

Quick-service casual restaurant group Rachel's Mediterranean opened its fifth location earlier this month.

It's at 1526 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, a mile west of the Walden Galleria.

"It's been a great response to a phenomenal product," said Joseph Khoury, Rachel's Mediterranean president. "We've almost perfected the process, allowing us to grow and to feed so many more people on a daily basis."

The restaurants offer souvlaki-style grilled chicken or beef, falafel and other offerings as a wrap, salad or rice bowl. Cooks customize dishes for diners as they move down a line toward the cashier, Chipotle-style.

Rachel's Mediterranean is set up as a quick-serve restaurant with seating. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)

The Khoury family has been serving Lebanese and Greek dishes from its initial spot, 5953 Main St., Amherst, across the street from Williamsville South High School, since 2006. The café-like spot is the only Rachel's with a more traditional extended Lebanese and Greek menu, and table service.

Other locations include the Commons at University at Buffalo's Amherst campus; downtown at 235 Delaware Ave.; and 3860 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg.

Unlike the Delaware Avenue location, the new Cheektowaga site has seating for customers who want to eat there instead of grabbing food on the fly.

"Our target market has always been the millennials, changing with the times," said Khoury. "We offer something different."

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. Phone: 248-2190.

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