An Egyptian restaurant under construction in Chino Hills is being fashioned to replicate the ancient Abu Simbel temples carved into a mountainside on the west bank of the Nile River in 1244 B.C.
Four huge statues of Ramesses II loom on the eastern side of the restaurant facing Hobby Lobby at The Commons shopping center on the southeast corner of Chino Hills Parkway and Ramona Avenue.
Makram Youssef of YCI Planning-Engineering-Management said the 5,945-square-foot restaurant, called “Farou Food” will feature foods such as Lebanese, Persian, and Mediterranean.
He expects it to open by the end of the year.
The restaurant’s outside shows a remarkable likeness to images of the Abu Simbel temples. Mr. Youssef suggested residents “Google” the Abu Simbel temples to see for themselves.
“We made it exactly like that,” he said.
Construction began more than a year ago and stopped, then resumed last year.
One of the statues was damaged shortly after the temple was built 3,000 years ago and the replica restaurant will feature the same look, with one statue missing a head.
Smaller statues next to the legs depict family members of the king.
The north and south sides of the restaurant contain four statues of Ramesses II and two of his favored wife Queen Nefertari.
The western side of the restaurant, facing the Orangetheory Fitness center, contains pillars showing images of the goddess Hathor and other figures.
The temples were relocated in 1968 to a site 600 feet away from their original location to avoid flooding.