Riley Sullivan and Yael Goldstein opened their Mediterranean-style restaurant in downtown Gainesville on St. Patrick’s Day 2015. A year later, they are a married couple and couldn’t be happier.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day. For a chef named Riley Sullivan, you’d think that would mean preparing the traditional corned beef and cabbage or perhaps fixing up an Irish stew over a hot stove.
You know, Erin go Bragh and all that stuff.
Sullivan has Irish roots, for sure. However, on this holiday honoring the patron saint of Ireland, you’ll find him laboring over such savory Mediterranean dishes as shawarma, falafel and bourekas.
The Gainesville native is not turning his back on his Irish heritage. He’s simply pursuing the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in the form of Sababa Israeli Cuisine at 101 SE 2nd Place, next door to the Hippodrome.
“It’s been incredibly satisfying,” Sullivan said while pulling a pan of roasted potatoes from the oven.
Coincidently, March 17 happens to be Sababa’s one-year anniversary at its Sun Center location. For Sullivan, 25, and his 24-year-old wife, Yael Goldstein, the past year has been more rewarding than they had ever imagined.