New Turkish food restaurant opens in Ormond Beach

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ORMOND BEACH — Foodies and others who have longed for a Turkish Restaurant in the area now have just such a place to enjoy.

After opening for business on July 20, Istanbul Turkish Mediterranean Cuisine has been slowly attracting customers to the restaurant at 488 S Yonge St. in Ormond Beach. The restaurant’s owners are planning a grand opening later this month.

Owners Wesley and Ayten Hooper, have been married for 23 years and have lived in several countries throughout that time.

Ayten Hooper is a native of Turkey. Her husband, Wesley, served in the U.S. military for 20 years, during which time he and his wife ran other smaller food businesses.

“We have done other little ventures here and there,” Wesley Hooper said. “We’d open panini stands, smoothies stands, other restaurants. We got a lot of experience that way.”

Wesley Hooper owner of Istanbul Turkish Mediterranean Cuisine Restaurant, holds a tray of tee and baklava, Wednesday August 4, 2021 in Ormond Beach.

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The Hoopers also owned two restaurants when they lived in Nebraska. After selling their businesses there, they moved to Ormond Beach four years ago.

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