Aoutabachi's partner in Ali Baba, Mahmoud Dukmak, worked at La Zeez, as well as several other Middle Eastern eateries along the Front Range; born in Lebanon, he lived for a while in Syria, and it was there that he learned the art of hospitality.
In 2002 and 2004, Ali Baba Grill received the "Best of Denver" award for the best Middle Eastern food in the area. Ali Baba is truly a family run business where everyone is welcome. Each small artistic artifact in the restaurant has a story. One unique fact about Ali Baba is that all shopping for each day is done every morning and all food is cooked fresh daily!