Loumies in Ithaca brings Levantine cuisine to Collegetown

Tucked on the floor floor of a cinder block building up coming to a row of dining places and a parking garage on Dryden Street, Loumies’ glass storefront is at the heart of Collegetown’s buzz.

The pink and orange brand on the window invites people today in to enjoy a heat plate of Levantine food items and a warm smile from guide chef Rania Kaldi.   

“I appreciate cooking. I enjoy inviting persons. I appreciate assembly people,” she states. 

What started off as an curiosity for Rania –– she’s a former marketing supervisor at luxury providers in Dubai –– turned into a significant vocation shift that brought her to Ithaca. Every single job modify and move led her a person phase nearer to her recognizing her dreams of starting up a restaurant. 

Rania and Raed Kaldi: Team driving Loumies

A vacation to visit family members in upstate New York would eventually direct Rania to a massive transfer that would build Loumies as a burgeoning staple of Mediterranean, Center Jap and other Levantine cuisines, some of which replicate the recipes from Rania’s birthplace, Lebanon.  

“I fell in like (with Ithaca),” Rania explained. Its gorgeous blooming trees, change in tempo from New York Town everyday living and the faculty technique are what sealed the offer, as she wished a additional appropriate education procedure for her 8-yr-previous.