Michelle and Steve Sabo were moving their son Peter into Oberlin
College in Ohio when, tired of pizza and fast food, they checked the
phone book and drove 20 minutes to Aladdin's Eatery.
Four years later, after countless Aladdin's meals and takeout sacks on
their trips to visit Peter and attend his soccer matches, they
realized that graduation would end the healthy food fest. So they
brought Aladdin's home.
"I said, 'Why don't we try one in South Bend?' " recalls Michelle, a
South Bend native. "I've always been health-conscious and tried not to
eat a lot of meat. I would love to be able to bring this to the
community -- a healthier option."
She sold the initially reluctant franchiser, Fady Chamoun, on Michiana
for the first Indiana expansion of his Cleveland-based company that
has some 30 stores, mostly in Ohio and Pennsylvania with two each in
Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, N.C.
The restaurant, which opened last month on University Park Drive,
seats about 75 in the main dining room and 12 to 20 in a banquet room
for private parties. A patio will hold about 18 people outdoors in