King of Donair overwhelmed by support of Calgarians
The Halifax based donair shop raised close to $5,000 for the Alberta Children's Hospital.
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The owners of Halifax famous King of Donair (KOD) said they are humbled by their experience in Calgary.
Norman Nahas, president and co-owner of KOD said they served over 400 east-coasters and Calgarians donairs at their pop-up shop in Kensington Friday afternoon.
“It was beyond our expectations. We expected a great event, but yesterday far surpassed that, it was amazing,” he said.
Nahas said the most amazing part of the entire experience was the generosity shown by everyone who came to their pop-up.
“We raised $4,901.65 for the Alberta Children’s Hospital,” he said. “We’ve seen great support for amazing causes like the kids hospital back home and to see that here from so many East Coasters and Calgarians, it was a great thing to be a part of.”
KOD was in town testing the Calgary waters as a part of their partnership with East Coast Lifestyle’s Winter Rail Jam tour, and to see if their business could have success in the city.
“Everything has been lining up excellent here,” said Nahas. “We’ve been here less than 24 hours and have met so many great people, seen some old friends and classmates and just had so much support for our brand from the city and even the mayor.”
Nahas said although Mayor Naheed Nenshi wasn’t able to make it down and wait in the five-plus hour line-up, they made sure to hook him up with a KOD donair.
"We promised him he’d get the first one so we definitely made sure he got one in the end,” he said. “He even tweeted about it.”
KOD served donair beginning at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon until they ran out of ingredients around 10:30 p.m.
Nahas said they’ve also seen an overwhelming response from locals in regards to setting up shop in Calgary.
“We heard a lot about 17 Avenue and people also just loved that location we were at in Kensington – so we were also thinking we would stay right there and open up too,” he said. “People wanted it their backyard, by the schools and the dome — all over the place. We got a great cross-section of opinions from everybody. We definitely have some homework to do. “