03.12.2011 07.Kislev. 5772 Wajeze
Visiting eateries that have survived for decades, one can’t help but wonder: Did their owners preserve recipes from native lands or adapt their menus to changing trends?
1. A heavy hitter
Sami and Susu, Be'er Sheva:
Founder: Marcel Lehrer, 1970
In 1970 Marcel Lehrer opened this modest Romanian restaurant, which would eventually be surrounded by the city marketplace. He never imagined he would keep running the place well after reaching the official retirement age. Around him are wooden tables and chairs, and faded wall-hangings that he brought with him when he immigrated to Israel from Romania in 1964. Today, at 74, Lehrer is full of energy and humor; he leans over the cash register and chitchats with the customers….