Student-Run Pakistani Venue Is A Class Act

Posted on January 17, 2017

With Love Pakistan

The restaurant at 435 N. Salina St. looks like an ordinary restaurant. Near the door, a smiling floor manager stands at a podium, greets diners with a warm hello and leads them to tables set simply with cloth napkins, flatware and Mason jar water glasses.

Behind the kitchen door, a team of cooks works the line. The smell of cardamom and other spices wafts into the dining room and servers pop in and out of the kitchen, delivering meals, offering more tea and removing spent dishes.

With Love, Pakistan is no ordinary restaurant, however. Pick up the pay phone and you’ll hear a recorded voice speaking Urdu, the official language of Pakistan. Take a look around the small dining room and you’ll see classroom-size maps of South-Central Asia, an array of colorful pillows for diners who wish to sit on the floor rather than at tables, and a short menu that is designed to both appeal to guests and meet the needs of students honing their skills and craft.

“This is our classroom,” says Adam Sudmann, program manager for Onondaga Community College Workforce Development. “We’re all learning here.”...


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