Yassin’s Falafel House, Knoxville, TN
Whatever happens outside of this store just forget about it and come in. You are safe here.
I thought maybe things would get better and I would go back but this never happened.
Falafel finds a home
Yassin was approached by Nadeem Saddiqi, an imam at the mosque and native of Knoxville, about opening a restaurant. He was impressed by Yassin’s passion and dedication, but mostly he loved his falafel: “It was some of the best I ever had.” They found a space downtown and Yassin’s Falafel House was born.
The people who decide they don’t like refugees, Muslims, immigrants, we have to change their ideas about it. This is our job. This is our message.
Keeping the dream going
Yassin’s dream doesn’t end with perfect falafel (crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside). His dream is also to bring people together, all kinds of people. So at Yassin’s Falafel House, everyone is welcome—from Tennesseans who have never tried falafel to the refugees whom Yassin hires to make it—to share a sandwich and a conversation. Next for him? More locations, more safe spaces.
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