"With encouragement from their Uncle Moussa and his wife, and armed with mother Cecilia’s recipes, the Saleh family opened a bakery in 1977. With the growing popularity of their pita pocket bread and other artisan breads, they expanded into the restaurant business in 1989. Then, in 2011, after working for 34 years with his brothers, Mounir decided to venture out and open his own restaurant in north Raleigh. This location later rebranded on Mother’s Day in 2014 to Sassool to honor mom, Cecilia, for her authentic recipes that were used to build the restaurant’s menu. A year later, Mounir opened a second location of Sassool in Cary, NC.
'Many years have gone by since those early days, but one thing has not changed, the quality ingredients and flavor combinations of Sassool’s recipes. I have been thinking about this for quite some time. My brothers and I would not have the success we enjoy without the guidance and love of our mom, Cecilia. Sassool Mediterranean Cafe is my tribute to her…a tribute to the love and special care she has for cooking.'
Through Mounir’s guidance, the Sassool kitchen is run today by mother Cecilia’s standards of freshness, high quality, balanced flavors, and wasting as little as possible. Mounir is the essence of Lebanese hospitality; he thanks every customer for coming to eat at the restaurant, and always checks to see if they need anything else."