Vice Mayor of the City of Pasadena, Andy Wilson, and President/CEO of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Paul Little, the Pasadena City College and its Foundation, and non-profit leaders will come together to cut the ribbon on Pasadena’s delicious newest restaurant, New York Chicken and Gyro (NYC&G). Specializing in 100% halal meat cuisine, and New York-style gyros, this new family-owned restaurant will enhance Pasadena’s culinary and ethnic identity. Giving back to the community is a critical part of the NYC&G business model and co-owner brothers Moe, Sam, Hafiz, and their father Habib, will present a check donating $500 to the Pasadena City College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality program and will also provide internships to students so that they gain real world restaurant experience. Additionally, they will donate $500 to the local food bank, Foothill Unity Center, to address food insecurity in Pasadena.What: Ribbon Cutting Celebration and Check Presentation to the PCC Foundation and Foothill Unity Center
Who: Vice Mayor of Pasadena Andy Wilson; Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Paul Little; Alex Boekelheide, Special Assistant to the Superintendent/President Pasadena City College (PCC); Bobbi Abram, Executive Director, PCC Foundation; Foothill Unity Center; staff representatives from the State Assembly, Senate, and U.S. Congress; and NYC&G brothers Moe, Sam, Hafiz and their father Habib.
When: Friday, September 9, 2022, 10:00 a.m.
Where: 961 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91106
Five years ago, family-owned restaurant New York Chicken and Gyro (NYC&G) went from their dream of opening a small Halal restaurant in Los Angeles, with just a couple of employees to currently approaching four locations with over forty employees. Growing up in Queens, the NYC&G brothers – Moe, Sam, Hafiz, and their father Habib - were exposed to a diverse and delicious food scene. For the NYC&G family, community-driven involvement comes second nature. NYC&G has donated surplus food to local soup kitchens, food banks, shelters, and hospitals. During the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYC&G provided food and donations to first responders, and monetary donations to local colleges and schools. The Pasadena location is their third restaurant, and their dream of bringing the NY Halal cart style cuisine has come true. New restaurants such as NYC&G foster regional job growth, support local economic growth, and keep the dollars in the community.