I had dinner at Kebab Cafe last night (delicious short ribs!) and Chef/Owner Ali asked me to pass on the word that tonight (Wednesday) will be his last night for a while.
He will be closed for one month. Maybe more.
Ali is going to Egypt for a few weeks. When he returns in mid-May he will make some changes. Renovations, a new menu, perhaps a very different concept. Among other things, I think he is trying to figure out a system that does not involve him working 70 hours a week, every week.
In the meantime, Ali urges everybody to go to his brother's place, Mombar, just down the street. Mustafa, Ali's brother, will be featuring some of Kebab Cafe's menu while Ali is gone.
Mombar is at 25-22 Steinway Street in Astoria.