Downtown Ithaca welcoming the Commons Kitchen

Downtown Ithaca hosting a ceremony to welcome new restaurant to the community

Special event set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at The Commons Kitchen

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 —  The Downtown Ithaca Alliance, City Mayor Svante Myrick, and additional public officials will welcome one of downtown’s newest restaurants, The Commons Kitchen, to the community during a ribbon cutting ceremony set for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

The restaurant is located at 124 E. State St., between Benjamin Peters and Petrune, on the Commons. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony.

The Commons Kitchen opened in April and quickly became a popular destination for authentic Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine, both rare food finds in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions. The menu features many specialities including Moroccan couscous (a quick-cooking grain) combined with either fresh veggies, lamb, chicken or beef; a variety of flavorful tagine, which is a Maghrebi dish named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked; a selection of kabob pitas, freshly prepared salads, and homemade soups.   

Nadina Azzouay, the wife of Casablanca Pizzeria owner Adil Griguihi, is the proprietor of this new establishment. She brings a wealth of cooking experience to the community having honed her cooking skills in her early teens. She also owned a Mediterranean restaurant in Brooklyn before moving to Ithaca with her husband. Both Azzouay and Griguihi, who helps manage the Commons Kitchen, are former North African country natives who migrated to the United States 20 years ago.

“We are delighted to welcome The Commons Kitchen and its specialty dishes to our thriving business community. The family style and ethnic dining experience that The Commons Kitchen provides is a wonderful addition to our diverse restaurant scene. We wish Nadina Azzouay and the business great success,” says Gary Ferguson, executive director for the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA), a not-for-profit organization charged with promoting and advocating for downtown’s businesses.

Commons Kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. Dine-in, take-out, delivery, and catering services are available. Commons Kitchen is available to rent for private parties, as well.

The Commons Kitchen is one of many new businesses to join the downtown community in recent months. Flight Performing Arts, SAS Team Jiu-Jitsu, Shahi Pakwan, and Thompson and Bleecker also recently opened in the area.

For additional details about The Commons Kitchen or any of the other new businesses, contact the Downtown Ithaca Alliance at (607) 277-8679.