MOORHEAD - Newroz is the start of spring for Kurds.

It’s a time of new beginnings.

And Newroz Kebab is just that.

The restaurant highlighting Kurdish cuisine opened May 25 at 2501 8th St. S. in the Brookdale Mall in the space formerly occupied by Crave Burger Co.

Newroz Kebab opened May 25, 2019, at 2501 8th St. S. in Moorhead's Brookdale Mall. The Kurdish restaurant moved into the space formerly occupied by Crave Burger. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)
Newroz Kebab opened May 25, 2019, at 2501 8th St. S. in Moorhead's Brookdale Mall. The Kurdish restaurant moved into the space formerly occupied by Crave Burger. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)(Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

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“It’s something different. It’s something no one else has around here. A lot of our food, there’s a lot of personal touch and effort,” Manager Nick Farok said Tuesday, May 28.

Farok said all of the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced. For example, a farmer in the Park Rapids, Minn., area supplies the lamb and beef.

“We like the idea of fresh. We like the idea of healthy. We like the idea of local,” Farok said.

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All of the ingredients are prepared in-house, including hummus, falafel and freshly baked naan bread.

“We still make it the traditional way,” Farok said of the naan.

One of the specialties of Moorhead's Newroz Kebab restaurant is a plate featuring lamb kebab and lamb tikka on rice with fresh vegetables. The Kurdish restaurant opened May 25, 2019, at 2501 8th St. S. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)
One of the specialties of Moorhead's Newroz Kebab restaurant is a plate featuring lamb kebab and lamb tikka on rice with fresh vegetables. The Kurdish restaurant opened May 25, 2019, at 2501 8th St. S. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)(Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

The menu is limited for now: Six entrees priced from $9.99 to $12.99, plus appetizers and soups. Offerings include lamb, beef and chicken tikkas and beef and lamb kebabs, and beef sherwarma (or shawarma, which is marinated beef slowly cooked on vertical spit).

“A lot of effort goes into our food. Everything is made to order,” Farok said.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Farok said a day off will eventually be inserted into that schedule.

“We like the folks to have a good healthy meal. And at the same time, promote Kurdistan, promote the Kurdish people,” Farok said.