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Disclosure: I am a close friend of the business owner.
Zagat and Michelin reviewed and recommended restaurant owner Mahmoud Khossoussi - Mo, owner of North Beach’s beloved Maykadeh and Mo’s Grill is opening Dip-a sandwich shop that will focus on dips and au jus sandwiches with organic meats and local breads. Located at 1318 Grant Ave. in North Beach. Dip is a collaboration with his his daughter, Haleh Cunningham on the creative direction. Dip will have a butcher shop esthetic with wood, brass and white tile. Slated for opening in May of 2016.
Mo Khossoussi is in his 70’s with more than 53 years in the restaurant business. James Brown has nothing on him. He’s the hardest working restaurant guy in San Francisco and in typical fashion, has no interest in retiring.
He moved the the United States from Tehran when he was 17 not knowing a soul and not speaking English. He says he was drawn to California because of the amazing food, weather and progressive politics. He went to Cal Poly and Cal State Hayward where he studied Accounting and Economics. He's a big lover, with great personal style, a counter-culture Vietnam War protester, self-made man. He opened his first restaurant in 1969 in Castro Valley after getting into the restaurant business when he was in college because he needed to support himself. Go to school during the day and the restaurant at night.
Mo’s days include hanging with his 90 year old Mom in Tiburon. Running into to North Beach where he checks in and gets the engines rolling for three businesses and recently revving up a 4th. The crown jewel is Maykadeh, located on Green Street. For historians this is the former home of the Old Spaghetti Factory which fed and became a performance venue for every famous Beatnik and our most cherished literary stars. Maykadeh is a sit-down, white table linens, roses on the table, Zagat and Michelin reviewed and recommended restaurant, that never closes, except Thanksgiving. It’s Persian food at its best. Out of Maykadeh he runs a very successful catering and delivery service that brings this mouth watering food out to the masses to offices for lunch, meetings, events and parties. Then comes the dinner rush - It’s ever expanding. There’s no app for that kind of quality and no he does not want to use any tech companies for delivery so don’t even mention it. They deliver it themselves.
Out the door and around the corner on Grant Ave. is Mo’s Grill Packed to the gills every weekend for brunch and nice, and comfy during the week for locals. When you walk in, there’s piles of onions and veggies stacked up right at the front door. It’s a real deal diner. Somehow the French tourists got wind of Mo’s Grill and all Summer long it’s French folks all day and all night at Mo’s.
Back out on Grant Ave. right next door. He rattles some keys in an paper window empty store front. You can struggle to remember what this place was but in North Beach, especially on Grant. There are so many layers to what every place is and what it used to be be, just give up and enjoy the ride. It’s his newest venture and it will be called Dip-a sandwich shop that will focus on dips and au jus sandwiches. He does his thing about the food and you just go into a trance listening to the organic meat choices and breads and dips and oh my. Can’t wait. He wants it to look like a butcher shop. Wood, brass and white tile. It’s slated for opening in about 3 months after 16 months of jumping through all that famous San Francisco red tape for permits etc.
Mid week, Mo hops over to the East Bay where he spends time with his 2 children and 4 grandkids. They check in and he cooks for the family. He then drives back to his home in Pac Heights and I think he probably just gets up and starts the whole thing all over again. But maybe he has a secret nap. He says the trick to his vitality is staying active and all the amazing friends and family that surround him. He’s the guy that is genuinely happy for other people’s success.
Big love for Mo and his beautiful life and how many folks his energy and commitment has touched with 40 employees, 3 very vital businesses and a new one on the way.
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