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Ayhan Hassan's eateries

An assortment of Mediterranean spreads, including fish (from

An assortment of Mediterranean spreads, including fish (from left), hummus and baba ghanoush, are served at Ayhan's Shish Kebab in Great Neck. (April 6, 2013) Photo Credit: Johnny Simon

Ayhan Hassan is the driving force behind nine eateries on Long Island: Ayhan's Shish Kebab (five locations), Ayhan's Pita Express (two), Ayhan's Fish Kebab and Ayhan's Mediterranean Marketplace & Cafe. Each offers a similar mix of Mediterranean dishes with influences from Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and the Middle East. At any of them, you never know when Hassan will stop by for a visit.

Ayhan Hassan is known as the kebab king
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Ayhan Hassan is known as the kebab king thanks to his numerous Ayhan's Shish Kebab restaurants, including the original in Port Washington. (April 16, 2013)

The original Ayhan's Shish Kebab in Port Washington
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The original Ayhan's Shish Kebab in Port Washington is stylistically in tune with Ayhan's other restaurants with its has airy dining rooms filled with plants. (April 7, 2013)

Walter Lementowski (clockwise, from left) of Glen Head,
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Walter Lementowski (clockwise, from left) of Glen Head, Brenda Shockey from Salt Lake City, and Walter's daughter-in-law Erin Lementowski, grandson Alex Lementowski, and son Peter Lementowski chat over lunch at the original Ayhan's Shish Kebab in Port Washington. (April 7, 2013)

The latest in the Shish Kebab chain is
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The latest in the Shish Kebab chain is Ayhan's in Great Neck. (April 6, 2013)

A grilled chicken kebab on rice is served
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A grilled chicken kebab on rice is served at Ayhan's Shish Kebab in Great Neck. (April 6, 2013)

An assortment of Mediterranean spreads, including fish (from
Photo Credit: Johnny Simon

An assortment of Mediterranean spreads, including fish (from left), hummus and baba ghanoush, are served at Ayhan's Shish Kebab in Great Neck. (April 6, 2013)

Ayhan's Shish Kebab in Great Neck features a
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Ayhan's Shish Kebab in Great Neck features a nautical decor with a big, bright dining room, large wraparound windows and plenty of room for large families and parties. (April 6, 2013)

Soner Yuksel heads the grill at Ayhan's in
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Soner Yuksel heads the grill at Ayhan's in Great Neck. (April 6, 2013)

Ayhan Hassan, with nine restaurants and counting, starts
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Ayhan Hassan, with nine restaurants and counting, starts his day with a cup Turkish coffee made at Mediterranean Market in Port Washington and then touches base with manager Hal Linden. (April 16, 2013)

Fish on ice are on display at the
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Fish on ice are on display at the newest restaurant opened by Ayhan Hassan, Ayhan's Fish Kebab in Port Washington. (April 16, 2013)

Salmon kebabs are served at Ayhan's Fish Kebab
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Salmon kebabs are served at Ayhan's Fish Kebab in Port Washington. (April 16, 2013)

Ayhan Hassan, and fish, outside his newest restaurant
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Ayhan Hassan, and fish, outside his newest restaurant Ayhan's Fish Kebab in Port Washington. (April 16, 2013)

Owner Ayhan Hassan chats with Jeff Sheffler in
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Owner Ayhan Hassan chats with Jeff Sheffler in front of Mediterranean Market, a Port Washington icon. (April 16, 2013)

Ayhan Hassan owns nine restaurants as well as
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Ayhan Hassan owns nine restaurants as well as Mediterranean Market in Port Washington. (April 16, 2013)

Ayhan's Pita Express sin Rockville Centre has a
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Ayhan's Pita Express sin Rockville Centre has a full bar. (April 7, 2013)

Ayhan's Pita Express in Rockville Centre posts daily
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Ayhan's Pita Express in Rockville Centre posts daily specials. (April 7, 2013)

Ayhan's Pita Express in Rockville Centre, as well
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Ayhan's Pita Express in Rockville Centre, as well as the location in East Meadow, offers a trimmed-down version of Ayhan's five full-menu shish kebab restaurants. Rockville Centre has a full bar; in East Meadow, you may bring your own wine. (April 7, 2013)

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