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Newly renovated Cafe Barada reopens in North Cambridge

The Salamehs collaborate to run their renovated Cafe Barada. Claude Salameh, the cook, makes fattoush, here with lamb.
The Salamehs collaborate to run their renovated Cafe Barada. Claude Salameh, the cook, makes fattoush, here with lamb.PHOTOS BY KATHERINE TAYLOR FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

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In mid-June, after closing for an extensive renovation, Cafe Barada reopened. Sami Salameh owns the place with his wife, Claude, who is the cook, and their daughter, Therese, and sons, Charbel and Joe. The business was established in Arlington in 1985 by Sami Salameh’s brother, Youssef. They moved to Cambridge 11 years ago, and for a while they all worked together, explains Charbel Salameh.

In 2004 Sami bought the cafe from his brother. Claude Salameh, who learned to cook from her mother, can take ordinary ingredients and do wonders. What distinguishes Cafe Barada is a sense of hospitality that isn’t often carried over from home to restaurant. “The way the culture is, you’ll never have an empty table,” says Charbel Salameh. Neither will you.

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