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Zaytun opens at Brittany Center

WICHITA — After a brief hiatus out of the restaurant business, Syed Abbas is back.

This week, he opened Zaytun, which means olive, in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn.

"I have brought a combination . . . of four different cultures," Abbas says of his restaurant.

He says he has Persian, Turkish, Lebanese and "indo-pak" (Indian and Pakistani) food.

Abbas started his career a quarter century ago with the late Antoine Toubia of Latour.

His most recent industry job was as food and beverage director for the Hilton Wichita Airport.

Abbas has been with a friend's computer company for the last year.

He now wants to offer the city the kind of food diners don't typically have here every day.

"To me, there is no food better than Persian food. It is very simple food. Lots of kabobs."

Abbas is a Pakistan native, but he says, "I'm more Wichitan than anything else."