Refugee-Run Restaurant Voted 'Nicest Place In America' Fed Furloughed Workers During Shutdown

The restaurant is living up to its reputation.

Yassin's Falafel House was voted the "nicest place in America," and it's been living up to its name. 

The refugee-run restaurent, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, began feeding furloughed federal workers during the longest-ever government shutdown. Yassin Terou, who owns the restaurant and immigrated from Syria in 2011, has made the restaurant a sanctuary for people of all races, faiths, and backgrounds. 

Since Yassin's started giving out free meals, members of the community have also stepped up and donated to the restaurant to support the cause. 

"Government employees are our brothers and sisters and they are not going to be alone during the longest shutdown, and we can't be the nicest place in America if we leave them alone," Terou says in the video above. 

Cover photo: Yassin's Falafel House


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