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September 13, 2002 - Image 122

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-09-13

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The Best Of Everything



Thurs. & Fri.
Sept. 26 & 27

Wine, Dine Online

At Metro Airport's Online Cafe, don't put a napkin on your laptop.

he concept is its big thing ...
But the overall full-service
operation has winning marks
that make this a definite desti-
nation point at the new McNamara
Terminal of Detroit Metropolitan
Folks going out of town via
Northwest Airlines or its affiliates, busi-
ness or pleasure, will miss a lot by not
stopping at the Online Cafe Bar & Grill
for breakfast, lunch, or dinner or for its
many amenities.
The striking restaurant of excellent
convenience is one of the major addi-
tions to what is turning out to be some-
what of a dream-reality in an airport
that is meeting almost all criteria for easy
Online Cafe, owned by George Naser,
Hassan Yazbek, Phil Bahri and Jamal
Saba, is the first of what may soon be
seen in many more major airports
around the country.
It's a godsend for working travelers
who can avail themselves of 31 laptop .
computer port connections and 64 elec-
trical outlets ... If no laptop, there are
four full-size computers to use.
Also a fax machine, scanner and print-
er ... to complete the little office away
from your office.
Plus availing themselves too, of four
large-screen television sets with sports,




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financial reports and news
with white albacore ... speaks
for most of its homemade food
Soon, a complete wireless
... wholesome, delicious and
system will be installed for
with a moist texture that fairly
tables where there are no wall
oozes of absolute freshness.
Everything is sliced at
Online Cafe is very conve-
Online Cafe ... This includes
niently located between Gates
the lettuce, which is not pre-
A-36 and A-34 as it overlooks
or bought in bags ... Fresh
the terminal gates on one side
too ... served still
and the area where planes land
from the grill
Local Columnist
and take off on the other.
to the table ... No stopover for
The gates sector of the
Northwest terminal is one straight line
On one side of Online Cafe is the
... Travelers entering the gate area go
restaurant area ... Separating it is a half-
either left or right ... Turning left,
wall of decorative cherry wood topped
Online Cafe is just a short way down on with beautiful frosted glass ... On the
the left side.
other side is a beautiful full-service stain-
If a gate is too far away, just take the
less steel bar with 16 stainless steel stools
overhead tram and you zip to your desti- and padded seats ... Also a wood counter
nation in a jiffy.
facing the straight line row of gates with
This is not your usual airport restau-
seven more stainless steel stools and
rant that serves, at best, very ordinary
padded seats.
Plus the full-service bar and its large
Not many airports anywhere have
stock of liquors, cocktails, cognacs,
restaurants where homemade and fresh
wines and beer ... is also an espresso bar
food is made and served daily.
with cappuccino, cafe mocha, latte, spe-
It even bakes its own bagels and bread
cialty teas ... and coffee.
And a grab and go area, too, with
What other airport serves its own
tasty muffins, cakes, snacks, prepared
homemade health food too ... like hum-
fresh salads and sandwiches, magazines,
mus, tabbouli, veggie wraps, turkey
newspapers, books, T-shirts, coffee
wraps, soups, spinach dip, etc.?
mugs, etc. ... Even some produce that
The homemade tuna salad ... prepared seems to make one feel the four gents
thought of everything ... Bananas, apples
and oranges to eat right there ... or per-
haps take on the plane with you when
that snack craving comes around.
The mall before reaching the straight
line row of gates ... (to the left are gates
1-38 ... to the right are gates 42-77 ...
with Online Cafe just off the center
water fountain ... between gates 34 and
36) ... has very interesting shops ... like
Motown Music Review, Henry Ford
Museum Store, General Motors
Collection, World Duty Free, PGA Tour
Shop, etc.
George Naser, president of the Online
Corporation, is remembered by many ...
Back in the 1960s, he and Mike Magyar,
brother-in-law of Adat Shalom
Synagogue's former Cantor Nicholas
Fenekel of years back, had the
International Sausage Co. ... One of
their big suppliers was Henry Dorfman,
owner of Frederick Packing before
Naser, Hassan
Hassan Yazbek and Phil Bahri. Jamal
becoming Thorn Apple Valley ... Also
Alex Karp of Kirby Packing Co., now

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