Falafel Salam, known for its food truck operations and West Seattle restaurant, is creating a permanent home for one of its trucks in Georgetown. Owner Shimi Kahn has designed a custom food truck with “a dream kitchen,” and he’s building a dining space around it.
The new location (5825 Airport Way S) will start serving customers next month, and it will likely eventually morph into a proper restaurant, similar to the fast-casual Falafel Salam location in West Seattle. It will serve the likes of falafel sandwiches with shwarma and lamb gyro, rice bowls, combination platters, dolmas, hummus, and garlic fries.
Kahn is doing most of the construction himself. He’s planning to add a wall for local artists to display graffiti art and to become a spot on the Georgetown Art Attack Art Walk. He’ll also add a plant-filled indoor/outdoor greenhouse seating area, with passive sun heating in the winter and access to fresh air in the summer.
Kahn is still working out his operating hours, but he’s thinking he’ll serve lunch and early dinner Tuesdays through Thursdays, with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Nearby businesses like Full Throttle Bottles will allow customers to bring food over from the truck.
A native of Israel, Kahn first built a following for his falafel and fresh pita at the Fremont Sunday Market in 2009, later adding a food truck and a catering arm. He opened his West Seattle restaurant in July 2017.