‘Salt Bae’ inaugurates mosque in his Turkish hometown
The co-partner of Turkey’s global Nusr-et chain of grill houses, Nusret Gökçe, globally known as “Salt Bae” for his meat-cutting and salt-drizzling skills, has inaugurated the mosque that he built in his hometown.
According to Turkish media reports, Gökçe opened the 4,000-square-meter mosque complex in the eastern province of Erzurum’s Paşalı village on June 10. Beside the mosque, the complex includes several buildings including a library, an imam house and a funeral house. Its cost is reportedly 4,500,000 Turkish Liras.
“I am so happy today. I am glad to present this complex to my village. I want to name the complex after my parents to make their names live forever,” Gökçe said during the inauguration, according to reports.
When journalists asked whether he plans to open a Nusr-et branch in Erzurum, Gökçe said “Not a Nusr-et restaurant but we can open a Oltu Cağ Kebab restaurant.”
Cağ Kebab is a local variant of kebab meat on skews.
In early 2017, Gökçe became a social media phenomenon and reached 10 million followers on Instagram in a very short time.
After opening the mosque complex, Gökçe went for donkey-riding on the mountains near his village.