"Elaborately framed photographs and pretty tapestries hang on the walls," Vettel wrote. "A large, graceful chandelier hangs from the pressed-tin ceiling. Service is attentive and well-versed on the menu."

In a batch of confidential documents released by theWikiLeaks organization last year, Ahmed Wali Karzai talked about how he loved the Lakeviewneighborhood.

During meetings with American officials in September 2009 and February 2010, a "nervous, though eager" Ahmed Wali Karzai, dressed in a traditional loose tunic and trousers, tried to win them over with tales about his years running the restaurant, according to documents released by WikiLeaks.

"Further emphasizing his links to the United States, AWK fondly recalled his days in Chicago as a restaurant owner close to Chicago's Wrigley Field," a memo stated, according to WikiLeaks. "His restaurant was a hub for Americans in the Midwest who had worked or lived in Afghanistan prior to the Soviet invasion, he said."

On his return to Afghanistan, Ahmed Wali Karzai became head of Kandahar's provincial council. Critics, including U.S. officials, said he was deeply involved in corruption, some of it stemming from Kandahar's flourishing drug trade.

In the secret diplomatic documents by WikiLeaks, American diplomats portrayed Karzai as a Mafia-like figure, entangled in a variety of illegal activities. Karzai consistently denied the allegations, and also hotly disputed reports of his involvement with the CIA.