Sahara Restaurant opens in old Russell Stover shop

​The interior of the former Russell Stover Candy Kitchen at 320 East 51st Street has been painted a vibrant Mediterranean yellow, and the refrigerated display cases are packed with Middle Eastern sweets, including baklava and chewy cookies, in plastic-topped boxes.

Two weeks ago, brothers Jawad Hijaz and Jalal Mansi opened this storefront as Sahara, a fast-casual dining venue serving traditional Middle Eastern fare. Yesterday, a large group of young diners, mostly UMKC students, waited outside for the restaurant to open at noon.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink