After a decade of service in the College Park Shopping Center, Krazi Kebob will close its doors on Dec. 20.
The eatery is among a strip of other businesses that will be demolished to make way for an apartment complex from Greystar Real Estate Partners. Insomnia Cookies and 7-Eleven will also be demolished.
Krazi Kebob owner Nomie Hamid opened his restaurant 10 years ago as a 24-year-old. At first, hearing about the development plans was difficult, Hamid said. He anticipated separation anxiety but knew that things like this happen.
“With every missed opportunity comes bigger and better opportunities as well,” Hamid said. “We’re hoping that this will bring greater opportunities to our front door.”
Allegra White, a senior physiology and neurobiology major at the University of Maryland, is surprised to see the restaurant go.
White got a job at Krazi Kebob in September after leaving Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza — another business that will be demolished for the development — in the spring, about the time the pandemic spurred business and school closures.
“I’m just nervous that … if we shut down due to COVID again, it’s going to be way harder to get a job next semester,” White said.
Hamid is actively looking for new restaurant spaces but will continue catering after the new year.
“We’re gonna wait a little bit, let College Park develop a little too and [see] if it will be a good fit for us to come back,” Hamid said.