Bashir’s palace: An Algerian academic and his wife make the Downtown Mall their living room


Bashir’s Taverna, started in 2001 by Bashir and Kathy Khelafa, is a favorite power lunch spot for the City Hall crowd. At night, the restaurant transforms into a cross-cultural salon, where the eclectic Mediterranean flavors of Bashir and Kathy’s food mingle with the sounds of Europe, South America, and Africa. Photo: Christian Hommel

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