Garlic Crush Opens Third Location

Garlic Crush offers authentic Mediterranean fare like falafels, kebabs, salads, gyros, and garlic fries.

Garlic Crush offers authentic Mediterranean fare like falafels, kebabs, salads, gyros, and garlic fries.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of its two previous Eastside restaurants, Garlic Crush has recently opened a third location in Redmond.

The Mediterranean casual dining eatery, which has been a staple in Bellevue for more than eight years, expanded to a second location in Issaquah in 2013 before owner Matt Jabbour decided to expand yet-again to Redmond.

“We never wanted to just stick with two locations,” said Iman Habib, executive assistant to Jabbour. “We have a lot of regular customers who live in Woodinville or Bothell, this way they don’t have to go so far; they can come to Redmond.”

Fans of the restaurant should expect to find the same level of quality they’ve come to know from Garlic Crush since more than 30 percent of employees at the Redmond location have been transplanted from the other locations according to Jabbour.

“Some are reluctant to come because they like (their previous) location,” he said. “But we have to have it because we have to train new people.”

Located on Cleveland Street just a stone’s throw from Redmond Town Center, Garlic Crush is in a key location for a vast variety of local clientele.

“There’s nothing like us in Redmond, and we are prime too because we are right by the park, we are close to where a lot of Microsoft employees live, and it’s just nice,” she said.

Habib attributes much of the chain’s success to the unique menu and casual atmosphere.

“I think a lot of it is people are venturing out instead of eating the same plain, boring foods. Like, ‘oh fries in a different way, let me try them’,” she said about the chain’s popular garlic fries.

For more information about Garlic Crush, check out their website or visit them in Bellevue, Issaquah, or Redmond.

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