Hamdi Arpacı came from Urfa, Birecik to Istanbul towards to end of the 1960’s. He opened his first counter at the corner of the parking lot situated next to Eminonu, New Mosque. With a small grill and itinerant counter, he offered delicious kebab specialties to the small trade’s people and to public for 7 years. Chef Hamdi’s kebabs became more awareness. The continuously growing number of his customers made him establishes the Hamdi Meat restaurant on the corner of the same parking lot.
The Turkey’s Southeastern Region’s unrivalled delicious kebabs were offered to the appreciation of customers while preserving their authentic characteristics and preparation methods during 18 years in the same place. Following the purchase of the first 3 floors of the building, Chef Hamdi expanded the restaurant to 5 floors together with the others. It is still located at the near the same parking lot and does not only offer its services to the surrounding business areas but also organizes the reception of tourist groups, arranges business meals, and special traditional musical evenings. A matchless landscape of Istanbul, Galata, Eminonu, Sultanahmet, Bosphorus, etc... The Hamdi Meat Restaurant has become a place of demand with its own impressive scene of the place, reception capacity for 320 guests and well educated 105 employees. Chef Hamdi has successfully brought the basic specialties of the Southeastern Cuisine to the heart of Istanbul and has pursued his course to the present day by firmly preserving the original flavors and continuously developing his conception of restaurant service.