Raleigh, N.C. — In the ultimate Mother's Day gift, the Saleh brothers are renaming the Strickland Road location of their restaurant Neomonde in honor of their mother, Cecilia, the restaurant announced Tuesday.
On Sunday, the location will be renamed Sassool Cafe, Market and Bakery. Sassool was Cecilia's childhood nickname given to her by her father when she lived in Lebanon.
The matriarch's love of delicious Lebanese recipes inspired the Salehs to enter the restaurant industry after coming to American in the 1970s.
Sassool will serve healthy Mediterranean salads and traditional Lebanese cuisine and offer the same menu as Neomonde. There will also be daily specials to honor of Cecilia's culinary creativity.
The Neomonde's other two locations - on Beryl Road in Raleigh and Chapel Hill Road in Morrisville - will not be changing names.
Look for a grand re-opening party this summer just in time for Cecilia's birthday.
In addition to Neomonde, the Saleh brothers, along with Greg Hatem, are partners in Lebanese restaurant Sitti in downtown Raleigh.