Ebrahim Takkem always wanted to have his own restaurant. His nephew, Ash Abusharkh, had other plans. He wanted to work with computers—he came from Jordan to work on his master’s degree in the United States.

But he and Takkem started Green Corner, a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant, and Abusharkh said he fell in love with the restaurant business.

“To see the customer feedback, that’s what I like,” Abusharkh said. “It makes me feel awesome; I just want to go home and sleep and come back to work the next day right away. People appreciate what it is we do here.”

Takkem and Abusharkh started the first Green Corner restaurant in Mesa in 2016. The duo then expanded into Chandler two years later in May 2018, Abusharkh said.

“We went from three employees in the very beginning to 50 now,” Abusharkh said.

Abusharkh said people come from all over the Valley to visit one of the two Green Corner locations, noting the authenticity and freshness of the food is what he believes keeps them coming back.

“We make everything fresh, as ordered,” Abusharkh said. “This is what the customers like, fresh food. It’s kind of, like, a fast-paced setup—the customers walk up and place an order, and when the food is ready it is delivered to them—but literally we make everything fresh. It’s not fast food; you have to wait.”

Menu items at Green Corner include baba ghanoush, a dish made of fresh blended eggplant, mashed and blended with tahini, fresh herbs, spices, salt and garlic yogurt with pita bread; falafel; beef or chicken shawarma; and the Green Corner Combo, composed of one skewer of lamb kifta kebab, chicken kebab, four beef chunks, and one falafel served with rice, Greek salad, hummus and pita bread.

Abusharkh said his uncle comes up with all the recipes.

“We do things like no one in Arizona does,” Abusharkh said. “Like not many in the whole United States.”