A Syrian man prepares food at the Ibad al-Rahman's Damascene Delicacies in the rebel-controlled northern city of Idlib on July 19, 2017. AFP / Omar haj kadour
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On a bustling street in northwest Syria, young restaurateur Abdulrahim Abulezz serves up juicy chicken wraps crafted according to a traditional recipe from his hometown Daraya, which he left last year."We even add a Damascene marinade to the roasted chicken – a secret recipe that no one knows here".The blend hails from his family's restaurant in Daraya, one of the first towns to revolt against Syria's government when protests broke out in 2011 . About two months ago, Abulezz opened up Sultan Daraya in Idlib city.He now boasts seven employees: five from Daraya, another from third city Homs, which the government also recaptured after rebel evacuations, and Abu Ali, from Eastern Ghouta near Damascus.Indeed, Daraya natives were flocking to Abulezz's restaurant on the day of AFP's visit.The owner, 22-year-old Mohammad Nuh, also imported his succulent recipes from his family's restaurant in Daraya.One regular is Abu Mukhtar, who hails from Madaya, another town near Damascus that has been evacuated.
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