Clients sit outside the Syrian refugees-owned restaurant ‘Mezze’ in Lisbon on September 19, 2017. Owned by Syrian refugees Fatima and her 2 daughters and son, the Mezze restaurant was immediately successful since its opening in Lisbon in September 2017, is a rare example of successful integration into a country with a very proactive hosting policy. AFP
The queue outside Lisbon’s first Syrian restaurant on its opening day showed an appetite not just for Syrian food but for integration in one of the few European countries trying to welcome more refugees.
Syrian refugees run Mezze restaurant after money was raised to renovate a former butcher’s shop on a market in the Portuguese capital’s popular Arroios neighborhood.
Leonor Rodrigues was one of the customers immediately won over when Mezze opened in September.
“The chicken kebabs, the hummus, everything was exquisite. Next week I will be back, that’s for sure,” the translator said.
“The place is really good and it’s great to integrate the refugees this way.”
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