Byblos expats Lisa Labit and Huda Aldisi opened the Mediterranean restaurant Hummus & More (3363 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-833-9228) in Metairie last month.
Aldisi, who was the chef at Byblos on Metairie Road for 18 years, and Labit, the restaurant's general manager for the past 10, had been planning on opening their own spot for a while, Labit says.
"Huda and I are very close and about five years ago she made me promise not to leave the restaurant without her," Labit says. "Then (Aldisi) went to Jordan for several weeks and when she came back, she said, 'Let's open our own place.' A couple of weeks later we were signing the papers. It all happened very fast."
Hummus & More replaces a previous Mediterranean restaurant occupant, Mr. Gyros. The space seats 80 people and there is room for 12 more at the bar.
The menu features seafood, kebabs and gyros and pays tribute to the foods of several Middle Eastern countries. Specials can run the gamut, depending on the chef's whim. Past specials have included Lebanese iced tea, Greek moussaka, corn and crab soup, veal Marsala, gumbo and grilled drum.
Hummus & More is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. A grand opening event is scheduled for mid-November.