John Massad
Executive Chef & Owner

For several generations, the name Massad has been synonymous with culinary excellence–both in the Bekka Valley of Lebanon and in Mankato, Minnesota. With over 40 years in the food business, John Massad continues to be a master at his craft. As a young boy he decided to take over his family businesses in Lebanon and has never looked back. In 1971, John married Najwa and they had two daughters, Meray and Karla. Together John and Najwa have etched themselves in the fabric of Mankato’s culinary culture.

“We take great pride in what we do, especially when it comes to our food.” – The Massad Family

John and Najwa Massad opened their first restaurant in Mankato, on November 4, 1984. The restaurant was named after their eldest daughter Meray and featured a combination of American and Mediterranean cuisine with a European flare. The restaurant quickly became a Mankato favorite. The success of the restaurant has resulted in additional businesses owned by the Massad’s in various aspects of the culinary industry. These businesses include Najwa’s Catering in the Verizon Civic Center, Massad’s in the River Hills Mall, and their newest venture, Olives, in the new Hilton Garden Inn.


© Olives Restaurant 2009

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