Salaam is Back

Special to the NNPA from The Final Call | 7/25/2012, 11:40 a.m.

"I think this facility will end up being landmark in Chicago. This is a fun-filled restaurant that is owned by the Nation," said Mr. Hollins.

He is proud of the experienced cooking staff and happy to showcase quality food and high quality service.

"There is no facility like this in our community," Mr. Hollins noted. The upstairs has a soft, exotic feel and is breathtaking, he said. The downstairs bakery and cafe are bright and airy, while the first floor atrium is tastefully appointed with linen napkins, table cloths and place settings.

Chicago has restaurants but some historic establishments, including Army and Lou's, Izola's, Gladys' have gone out of business, Mr. Hollins said. "Our facility gives us that ability once again on the family aspects and as well as the business aspects of Chicago. We have a facility here that can rival anyone, we can have business meetings here, we have weddings here, we have baby showers here, the list is endless," he said. "People can come to our facility and see that it's not just for the Nation but for all people of all walks of life in Chicago. I am looking to reach out from Evanston to Schaumburg to anywhere they would chose to have a nice place to dine and enjoy," he added.

Future plans calls for a Sunday gospel brunch and monthly dinner shows with top talent.

The new Salaam includes photos and murals with pictures of historic figures and events, including the 1995 Million Man March, convened by Min. Farrakhan and the largest public gathering in U.S. history. The decor, the food and service add up to one thing: "Welcome, welcome, welcome to all," said Mr. Hollins with a smile.