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Published December 16, 2010, 04:15 PM

Tastes of the Middle East Coming to Grand Forks

Thamir Kadhim has big plans. He hopes to expose people in Grand Forks to some tastes they might not have tried before. Kadhim, owner of Babylon, opening in downtown Grand Forks next week, says his Middle Eastern restaurant is a result of a friend's suggestion.

Middle Eastern cuisine is coming to Grand Forks. It's another instance of foods not typical in this part of the United States coming to the area.

Thamir Kadhim has big plans for an empty kitchen and a tasty menu. Kadhim, owner of Babylon, opening in downtown Grand Forks next week, says his Middle Eastern restaurant is a result of a friend's suggestion.

"All the time he told me, open a restaurant, we need something different here. All the time we go to take pizza, pizza, pizza," Kadhim said.

Located on north 3rd street in the old Bella Vino building, Kadhim is using funds from his job at LMM Wind Power to open Babylon with his wife. It will be the first time flavors from Baghdad reach the northern valley.

Thamir and his wife Wafaa are hoping for the same success Little Bangkok has seen in East Grand Forks.

It's pretty basic: raw fish and some rice. Little Bangkok's sushi and Thai food, and now Babylon are upping the cultural diversity in these two cities with every plate.

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