Syrian restaurant in Toronto reopens after massive support
Toronto’s popular Syrian restaurant has finally reopened today, just days after its owners said a flood of threats had forced them to close. Members of the Alsoufi family, owners of Soufi’s said an flood of support from people from all across the country convinced them to reconsider their decision. Hand-written notes of encouragement were posted on the front door, while supportive emails were printed out and plastered on a wall inside.
As the doors opened to a staggering reception, Toronto police said they’re investigating a complaint from the family, who have said they handed over hundreds of threatening messages to the force. The Alsoufis have linked those threats to a September event in Hamilton featuring People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier that drew a crowd of angry protesters, and reportedly, included the family’s oldest son.
After the family announced shutting down of the place, head of a Toronto-based Middle Eastern restaurant chain, Paramount Fine Foods, has offered to run the eatery until the owners feel safe again. Mohamad Fakih has said the Alsoufis will retain ownership and receive all the profits. The downtown restaurant is internationally hailed as a refugee success story.