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German favorite on the spit at Dönerland

German favorite on the spit at Dönerland

Owner Sohail Boot cuts meat for a döner sandwich at Dönerland, a new Turlock restaurant.


POSTED July 17, 2012 10:15 p.m.

Name of business: Dönerland

Type of business: Döner kebab and Pakistani/Indian restaurant

Location: 1664 Countryside Dr., in the Walmart shopping center

Hours of operation: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily

Contact info: 634-7491

History of business: Dönerland has only been open about a month, but married owners Sadia Yaqub and Sohail Boot’s dream of restaurant ownership traces back years – and spans the globe.

Boot lived in Germany for 30 years, where döner kebab restaurants are all the rage. The gyro-like concoction of Turkish origins quickly won over Yaqub as well.

“I used to think that when I came back here I’d open a döner restaurant,” Yaqub said.

Yaqub returned to America and received her Master’s in Business Administration from California State University, Stanislaus. When Boot emigrated about a year ago, the couple decided to pursue their longtime dream.

Business specialty: As expected, Dönerland specializes in its namesake, the döner. Carved from a spit of vertically rotating lamb and beef, then wrapped in flatbread baked fresh in the on-site clay oven, the inexpensive döner sandwich is a staple around the globe.

“101 percent, everyone loves it,” Yaqub said.

Dönerland also offers a range of fresh Pakistani/Indian entrees, tandoori barbecue delights, and even a few Italian dishes.

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