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Lawrence's Cafe Owner Eager To Open

Tony Chebib's restaurant is moving to Decatur after two decades on Buford Highway.

Tony Chebib says , to Decatur will give him a chance "to update myself."

But he said fans of Lawrence's Cafe can expect to see many of the dishes the restaurant served during its 22 years at 2888 Buford Highway.

Chebib said he needs a few permits from the City of Decatur before he can begin operating at 910 W. College Ave. in the building also occupied by Revolution Donuts, Ale Yeah! and Avelino's.

He's moving because surveys showed 75 percent of his customers come from the Atlanta and Decatur areas, he said. The old location is about eight miles away.

Chebib said he needs to open soon because the Buford Highway location has already closed.

Right now the Decatur space, previously occupied by Isabella's Cafe, is filled with coolers and other large pieces of kitchen equipment. The windows are papered over but a sign says "Lawrence's Cafe."

taxus January 02, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Belly Dancing moves to Decatur! We have arrived!
Patti Ghezzi January 02, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Can't wait for this new addition to the Decatur dining scene!
Lisa Bennett January 03, 2013 at 12:29 PM
That's terrific. He's a nice guy, and they do have the best baba in town.
Darin January 03, 2013 at 02:26 PM
This is great news -- I can't wait. I'm glad he's getting a better location.
Reginald Williams February 03, 2013 at 10:10 PM
I've been a loyal customer for five years-- 3 to 4 times a week--and am thrilled about the new opening. Have been on a starvation diet while waiting! Best humus, best tabbouleh, best tahini and best falafels I've had most anywhere.

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