Boston, MA - Every major city needs its own regional drunk food. Quick, cheap and not necessarily health conscious. Something that at the time seems like a great idea no matter how much you know you’re going to regret it in the morning. More specifically, a chain. When you need something to soak up that sixth pint, you don’t want to take any chances. You want the familiar. New York has White Castle and Kennedy Fried Chicken. Atlanta? Waffle House. Church’s. Los Angeles? Carl’s Jr. Del Taco. Boston has Tasty Burger. And for the sake of argument, Falafel King.

Kadhim Alzubaidy’s been manning the grill at Falafel King’s two downtown locations, serving up shwarma, kebabs and, of course, falafels to thousands of customers since 1999. And it’s a thoughtful task, as any of Falafel King’s zealous devotees will remind you (even teetotallers)—and Alzubaidy is nothing if not an enthusiastic businessman. Almost infectiously enthusiastic. Now he’s primed to expand to a fourth location; this time on Tremont Street, directly across from Boston Common.

Reviews for Falafel King have never been anything but stellar—even from the notoriously fickle professional Yelp! Crowd whose sole raison d'être is more often than not to gloatingly assail a restaurant with sheer impunity. But anonymous reviews are one thing. Word of mouth is entirely another. And you’re more often than not likely to find lines out the door at Falafel King; particularly on a Friday night, when mildly lubricated patrons vie to make the 9:00 pm closing time.

The good news? The new location at 145 Tremont Street will be open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm seven days a week. The bad news? It isn’t planning on opening for another two weeks. customers still have their choice of grabbing take out from any of the two original Falafel King locations at 260 Washington St or 60 Summer Street (from social media reports, the location in Quincy—operated by Alzubaidy’s brother Hassan—appears closed indefinitely.

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