How It All Began

“Our story began when my wife Marie and I, along with our children Dory, Dany, David, Gladys and Grace immigrated to America in 1976. Three years later we purchased Athenian Taverna, a sub and pizza shop in Arlington. We could only afford to change half of the original sign, thus Lebanese Taverna was born. Lebanese Taverna brought a little piece of Lebanon back to us, and in turn, the customers experienced our Lebanese food and culture. My family and I have come a long way since opening the original Lebanese Taverna in 1979. Each night my children still greet old friends and welcome new ones into the restaurants where they grew up and shared their lives. Lebanese Taverna has come to symbolize the realization of dreams and the rewards of dedication, where good food is enjoyed in good company. Thank you and welcome to my home.”

– Tanios Abi-Najm