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Got a ‘Kraving’ for kebabs or pizza? Head to Turlock

Sargon Shamoon is seen Thursday afternoon, Dec. 3, 2015, at Kraving Kebab Pizza, which he co-owns, at its new location in Turlock’s Scandia Village on South Golden State Boulevard.
Sargon Shamoon is seen Thursday afternoon, Dec. 3, 2015, at Kraving Kebab Pizza, which he co-owns, at its new location in Turlock’s Scandia Village on South Golden State Boulevard. jlee@modbee.com

A new restaurant to Turlock, but familiar to Modestans, has opened in the former home of a longtime eatery.

Kraving Kebab Pizza had a soft opening Thursday at its new location in Turlock’s Scandia Village. The restaurant, which relocated from its former home on Yosemite Boulevard in Modesto, is open daily from 3 to 9 p.m., owner Ashour Shamoon said. Hours and menu items will expand as the staff gets trained.

Kraving Kebab takes the place of Henry’s, which operated in the location for decades.

Haven’t heard of kebab pizza? Neither had I, but according to the restaurant’s website, it’s “a combination of Italian and Turkish cuisine and is becoming the biggest fast food trend in Europe.”

It sounds like a tasty mishmash – the kebab meat (pork or chicken) “is served over a thin New York Style crust with a ‘real Italian’ pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese,” the website says. Then the pizza is topped with kebab sauce.

And, reading the Modesto restaurant’s reviews, it is indeed a good fusion. Said one customer, “I wanted to try something different and I’m glad I did! My friends and I had half kebob and half Swedish and it was really delicious.”

Find Kraving Kebab at 217 S. Golden State Blvd. Call 209-524-1985 or go to www.kravingkebabpizza.com.


Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

Deli Delicious will open its newest location this week. A grand opening is set for Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Deli Delicious in Modesto, 3848 McHenry Ave. No. 105.

Deli Delicious, as I wrote early this year, started in Fresno before expanding into several locations and now is franchised. A location opened in Turlock’s Monte Vista Crossings a few months ago and on West Olive Avenue in Merced in September; now it’s Modesto’s turn.

According to a press release, the company “has doubled in size three times in the last four years with more than 80 units sold and 31 units currently open and operating in California.”

The menu includes nearly three dozen unique sandwiches, salads, lettuce wraps and french fries.

Call 209-521-6000.


In other sandwich news, my colleague Brian Clark tells me there’s a new Subway opening in the Village One Plaza at Roselle and Floyd avenues. The sign reads, “Opening Soon.” If I hear more, I will keep you posted.


And finally:

The Astro Foundation Thirft & Gift Shop has opened in Oakdale. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was conducted Friday at the store, which supports the nonprofit Astro Foundation. The foundation itself was established three years ago and aims to find homes for animals who need them.

The Astro Foundation operates a pet adoption bus and involves high school students in volunteer work. Its next focus will be in building a no-kill shelter that will house pets until they can be adopted. Plans call for the shelter to be operated by a combination of staff and volunteers, with rentals of rooms to community groups and for birthday parties to supplement income.

The shop is at 250 E. E St. For more information, call 209-605-8100 or go to www.astrofoundation.org.

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