Courtesy of Square, Inc.
by Lesli Davis
A short film produced by Square, Inc. tells the story of a refugee family living in Knoxville, TN.
Yassin Falafel, as some people call him, runs a popular restaurant in downtown Knoxville. After fleeing the war in Syria, he and his family settled in East Tennessee. Initially without a work permit, Yassin began selling his sandwiches at the local mosque. With a little help from an imam at the mosque, Yassin opened his downtown store.
Yassin says that anyone who comes in his restaurant is family – from the fellow refugees he employs to those who have never tried falafel before.
His message is simple: all are welcome.