Naf Naf Grill won the backing of Evanston aldermen this week for the Naperville-based chain’s plan to open a sandwich shop in the former Border’s bookstore space at 1629 Orrington Ave.

The restaurant concept features Middle Eastern cuisine including falafel, shawarma and kebabs on pita bread freshed baked in the shop.

The chain now has four shops in the Chicago area, with plans to open another four over the next several months.

The new place drew a personal endorsement from Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, who says he’s become a happy customer of the chain’s store on Washington Street in downtown Chicago, near his law office.

The restaurant’s special use permit request was introduced without any opposition Monday and final approval is expected later this month.

Top: An image of the interior of a Naf Naf Grill from the restaurant’s website.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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