In 2016, chef Marwan Chebaro partnered with a friend and together they gutted a former Cenex gas station to open the Mediterranean grill Chebarö in Lawrence, Kansas.
Today, in addition to buying gas, gum and lottery tickets, customers can order fresh Middle Eastern food, including gyros, shawarma and falafel bowls, at the counter.
The salads are also popular; they come topped with any or all of six sauces: toum, a traditional Lebanese garlic sauce; zhoug, a Yemeni jalapeño and cilantro sauce; harissa, a spicy red-chile sauce; tahini made with sesame seeds, garlic and lemon juice; tzatziki, a classic Greek condiment made with thick yogurt and grated cucumber; and amba, an Iraqi pickled mango sauce.
The line gets long around lunchtime, and with only a few places to sit, you should plan to arrive early.
Chebarö, 1000 W. 23rd St., Lawrence, Kansas, 785.312.7660, facebook.com/ChebaroMG