Keba opened in Emory Village earlier this year with little fanfare but quickly drew crowds through word of mouth and social media. The sandwich shop’s fans share fond memories of schwarma (shaved meat) sandwiches and Belgium fries at the fast casual restaurant based in Athens.
“An extremely loyal following of UGA grads have found us,” says co-franchisee Alex Jones. “We are seeing a good blend of Emory faculty, staff and students and a lot of people from the neighborhood too. We knew if we built it, they would come in droves.”
As noted on its website, KEBA (pronounced Kay-Bah) comes from the word kebap, a Turkish cousin to the Greek gyro. The kebap is popular in Europe and the number one sandwich in Germany with some 15,000 kebap restaurants.
The Emory Village location is the first for Keba in Atlanta. “Our goal is to turn it into America’s favorite sandwich one keba at a time,” says Jones.
The new Emory Village eatery offers chicken, beef, lamb and falafel in sandwiches, wraps, or over Basmati rice along with hand cut French fries, a dozen signature sauces, fresh vegetables, and gelato. Jones says it’s quick (served within 5 minutes of the order) and healthy. An entrée, side and a drink run about $10.
Jones and co-owner Josh Gentrup say the Emory Village location fulfills a long-held dream of owning their own restaurant, and for Jones, returning to Druid Hills where he grew up. Most of his family lives nearby. “We are invested in this community,” he says, “and we want Keba to be a place that Emory village will be proud of.”
Dine inside at 1403 Oxford Road—there’s room up to 60 people —or on the patio. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Keba also delivers via Uber Eats. Find out more about Keba at kebagrill.com. Or call 678-705-7194.