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Café Izmir founder dares to ask the question, "got hummus?"

If there's one thing Café Izmir founder Ali Nazary is passionate about, it's donar k-bobs, at least for now. Though it may sound like a fund-raiser for a thousand Roberts, donar k-bobs are actually the Greek treat known as gyros (not pronounced like the term used to denote a whirligig). And Nazary plans to show them off via a glass-enclosed display case of the hand-stacked meat on a vertical spit at his new restaurant downtown called Izmir Mediterranean Tapas in Stone Street Gardens near Metropolitan and the new Campisi's location. "It'll be right in the window, so as you walk on Elm Street, the first thing you're going to see is these two big pieces of meat cooking," Nazary says. He adds that the new restaurant, which will feature tapas, sandwiches and a variety of kabobs, will also have a small lounge above the restaurant, so you can sip to take the edge off any donar k-bob wait. To stoke interest in the new Izmir, set to open in September, Nazary (with his brother Beau) is hosting a hummus challenge this summer open to any restaurant or individual who has the hummus chutzpah to make Nazary and his Izmir recipe sweat. And while challenge logistics have yet to be determined, Nazary is promoting Izmir's hummus with a card featuring him wearing a hummus stripe above his upper lip with the headline "got hummus?" Got a napkin?


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