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When I arrived in Canada from Egypt, I was determined to do whatever it took to be successful. I worked different jobs trying to make my way in this new world. I pumped gas, worked retail, but always with the desire to get back to my real passion; food.

Finally, I scraped enough money together to buy a sub shop in 1999, but two years later, I wasn’t seeing the success I’d hoped for. One day a customer asked me what I was having for lunch…Shawarma! He was captivated by the aroma and flavour of my lunch.

My customer inspired me to close the sub shop, along with the help of my family we painted, rebranded, and opened the first Osmow’s a week later. I did whatever I could to get our local community to give Mediterranean food a try, including giving out free samples at local festivals; soon people were lining up for it.

It hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve loved every minute of this journey, and I am so happy working alongside my family every day to bring Osmow’s to loyal customers, like you. I still love hearing your feedback and trying new ideas that our customers come up with. Thank you for being a part of our extended Osmow’s family…because to us, family is everything!

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