In 2018, Reader’s Digest named Yassin’s Falafel House in Knoxville, Tennessee the “Nicest Place in America.” The falafel restaurant is run by Syrian refugee Yassin Terou and known for its sign that states: "All sizes, all colors, all ages, all sexes, all cultures, all religions, all types, all beliefs, all people, safe here at Yassin’s Falafel House."
According to ABC News, Terou is now offering free meals to anyone affected by the current government shutdown. Now on Day 27, the shutdown is the longest-ever in U.S. history and has forced many government workers to go to food banks since they are receiving paychecks amounting to $0.00. ABC News reported that Terou is offering free meals at both of his restaurants because he wants to ease the burden of the shutdown on any families affected.
“It’s important for me [to provide free meals] because these guys are our brothers and sisters, and they already did the work, and they aren’t getting paid. For someone like me who is living the American dream in the American land…I believe every hard worker should reach his goal and have a good level of life.” -Yassin Terou, owner of Yassin’s Falafel House