Eater Award-winning halal restaurant Saffron De Twah is transitioning into a community kitchen this fall and eliminating its takeout menu, chef Omar Anani confirms to Eater. On Tuesday, September 15, Anani shifted Saffron Community Kitchen’s programming to focus entirely on its collaboration with Brilliant Detroit, an organization that works with children and families in Detroit neighborhoods to promote education, security, and health.
“This is an opportunity for us to actually be a part of our community and provide for our community,” Anani tells Eater.
The small McDougall-Hunt neighborhood restaurant debuted in 2019 and was Eater Detroit’s Restaurant of the Year. However, the pandemic posed challenges for chef Omar Anani. On March 17, shortly after adopting new COVID-19 safety precautions, Anani temporarily closed the restaurant and shifted towards serving frontline workers during the spring surge of hospitalizations in Michigan. By June, as feed-the-frontlines programming wound down and restaurants began reopening of limited capacity, dine-in service, Anani and his team reemerged as a takeout-only operation for the summer.
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