Brothers honor family with new breakfast-brunch spot on Germantown Avenue

Cherish owners Mu’min and Raheem Islam
Brothers Mu’min (left) and Raheem Islam recently opened a breakfast-lunch counter in West Mount Airy, featuring Caribbean flavors and traditional brunch fare. Photo credit Hadas Kuznits/KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Brothers Mu’min and Raheem Islam recently opened a breakfast-brunch counter in West Mount Airy.

Cherish, located at 7060 Germantown Ave., honors their late mother, who loved the ’90s song “Cherish the Day.”

“My mother, she passed away in 1995 and she passed away from breast cancer, and her favorite singer was Sade,” said Mu’min.

Raheem is the chef, who is dishing out Caribbean flavors.

“We have something called ackee and saltfish and fried dumplings every day. Ackee and saltfish is a Jamaican national dish,” he said.

But they’ll also serve more traditional foods: “Like French toast and pancakes and waffles and omelets all kinds of ways, and I have this brisket — it’s cooked for about 10 or so hours.”

As for sandwiches: “We have some real top-of-the-line meat that we’re using. It’s all kosher. We use only kosher and halal products.”

They also have a variety of smoothies, but they say their main sweet item is a “cuffin,” which is a cross between a cookie and muffin.

“It's crunchy but soft, sweet but not overpowering,” said Raheem. “You can add ice cream if you wanted to. You could have it with coffee.”

They’re not open for indoor dining just yet, but the brothers say they’re still thankful for the opportunity.

“The pandemic gave everyone the understanding that every day is not promised,” added Mu’min.

“We want to be a millennial diner. We want to be the place where we know your name but you can also get good Wi-Fi.”

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