Workshop tenant Ma’am Saab, which will open a Meeting Street brick-and-mortar restaurant serving Pakistani cuisine later this spring, has released a limited-edition line of merchandise portraying owner Maryam Ghaznavi’s style in and out of the kitchen, with shirts, phone cases and even leggings available for purchase. The launch comes at a time when Ghaznavi, who owns the concept with her husband Raheel Gauba, is nearing the end of her time at Workshop and the start her tenure on Meeting St. in the space previously occupied by Jestine’s Kitchen.
“Ma’am Saab is about being more than just a restaurant. Maryam and I are heavily influenced by the arts. Visual arts, fashion and music are an important part of our lives, and we wanted to create something that represents us all,” Gauba said. “When designing our merch, we looked for touch points to generate curiosity, create excitement and most importantly, spark something unexpected.”
Look for t-shirts, leggings, pillows, beach towels, water bottles, mugs, phone cases and socks featuring Ma’am Saab’s Shepard Fairey-esque stamp and menu items like her samosa chaat. According to Gauba, the leggings have been an early hit. All items are priced between $18-$45.
After announcing they would move Ma’am Saab into 251 Meeting St., Ghaznavi and Gauba began renovations on the space, changes that are not yet complete, Gauba said.
“We are planning a space that will be an extension of our hearts and soul,” he said. “We’ve been working with the amazing team at Synchronicity and Oakwood Construction Group, and can’t wait to open our doors on Meeting Street soon. We don’t have any opening date yet, but stay tuned.”
For now, stop by Workshop for plates of biryani or butter chicken Wednesday from 4-8 p.m., Thursday from 4-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 12-9 p.m. and Sunday from 12-7 p.m. For more information or to pick up some new merchandise, visit maamsaabchs.com.
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