The Hakim family immigrated to the United States from war-torn Lebanon in the early 1980s. Philippe Hakim owned a successful group of businesses but were unable to return home. With limited English and no money, Philippe took a job making furniture in Denver. A customer of the business – and now longtime friend – mentioned that a property in Fort Collins was soon ending its lease.
Philippe asked his wife Samia if she would be willing to prepare her family recipes in a restaurant, and the family entered a new chapter of their lives. Samia always loved to cook and would prepare enough food for the neighbors when they lived in Denver. After each meal everyone would tell Samia her food was “yum yum.” And so began the 30+ year journey of Yum Yum Restaurant.
At the time, very few knew what Gyros were and even fewer had ever heard of hummus. Samia would say the most important ingredient in her food was love and the great community of Fort Collins kept coming back for more. Three decades later this little sandwich shop turned out to be yet another success story of “The American Dream.”
The restaurant now enters a new chapter as Yum Yum Social. The business will continue to serve the same Lebanese food that has made it so popular over the years while focusing on bringing people together in a social setting. Family, friends and fun have always been the priority at Yum Yum. As the restaurant prepares for future generations, those Hakim family values will remain unchanged.