Having had to close its doors due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Pakistani-American chef, Imran “Ali” Mookhi is working hard to provide free hot meals to the community.
Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen located at 229 E. Commonwealth Ave. Unit A in downtown Fullerton, launched earlier this year and has quickly developed a great reputation. In the early stages of its business, the restaurant has a 4.5 rating on nearly 70 reviews on Yelp and a 4.0 rating on dozens of reviews on Google.
Unfortunately for Mookhi, the Khan Saab team and fans of the fledgeling company, the COVID-19 pandemic led to the restaurant closing its doors, following an order from California Gov. Gavin Newsom for everyone in the state outside of essential workers to stay at home.
“Thank you for warmly welcoming Khan Saab into the community over the past two months. We love serving you!” the company said on its website.
“Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff & patrons so we’ve made the tough decision to close our doors until further notice at the recommendation of the governor and CDC,” it said. “We look forward to serving the community again soon. Stay safe!”
Looking to keep serving the community, the award-winning chef has opted to abide by a social-distancing measure and open his restaurant as a “Drive-Up” to hand out free meals to the local community, especially those 65 and older; unemployed as a result of coronavirus-related layoffs; and single parents during these uncertain times when food supplies are scarce.
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🚨Fullerton community and beyond: we’ll be passing out FREE hot meals and bags of rice & lentils via our "DRIVE THRU" to locals every Friday beginning this week! 🍚 We want to practice healthy social distancing, so our neighbors seeking a FREE meal on Friday between 4-7 pm can pull into the parking garage attached to the restaurant and a staff member will deliver the meals and bags of rice & lentils safely to your car window. 🚗 Let’s remember we’re all in this together! 💪🏽 #cominginhot #khansaabdrivethru #payitforward
The free meals will be provided on a weekly basis, each Friday.
In addition to passing out the complimentary hot meals, Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen’s drive-up service will hand out bags of rice and lentils.
In an effort to practice healthy social distancing, those seeking a meal are encouraged to pull in to the parking garage attached to the restaurant and a staff member will deliver the meals and bags of rice and lentils to the car window, according to a news release.
The service began on March 27th, yesterday and was a great success. They are hopeful to be able to continue with this every Friday from 4-7 pm.
Khan Saab will provide drive-up goers with a combination of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, like their biryani which is a special on the menu, to accommodate dietary restrictions.
Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen is a culmination of cuisines from Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan, which opened its doors in Fullerton in February 2020 and boasts a menu of 100% halal food including some of the highest-rated Australian Wagyu beef, along with a selection of non-alcoholic beverages inspired by the cuisine from the Desi region, according to the restaurant’s website.
At the helm of the kitchen is culinary veteran Mookhi, who has trained under numerous Michelin-starred chefs in world-class kitchens.