Financial reasons force once-trending shawerma joint to close

Suhool Sahab
(File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — A shawerma restaurant which received unprecedented social media attention two months ago closed down because of a financial dispute between its owner and one of the senior workers, Khaberni reported.اضافة اعلان

Suhool Sahab restaurant in the Sahab district in southeast Amman, received significant public attention in August in response to a story posted on Facebook by Ruba Sami, the daughter of the restaurant worker. Her story led to people flocking into the eatery, salvaging a business that was on the verge of collapsing.

But restaurant owner Mohammad Al-Hourani revealed on Saturday that the restaurant was closing its doors due to a dispute with Ruba’s father, Sami Abdullah. He said that the case was brought before the Jordanian judiciary following unspecified claims by Sami on certain financial matters. He did not elaborate.

Sami had first decided to post on social media after her father called her when the restaurant first opened “with a sad tone in his voice, saying he has not sold anything for three days because the restaurant is new and people prefer places which are more known,” she had said at the time.

Despite being disheartened, she had reassured her father, and shared his story on social media. Her friends started sharing the post in groups, and it ended up reaching Jordanian influencers “who offered to help me and my father.”

Then, customers thronged to the restaurant, which quickly became an overnight success. Just two months later, however, the restaurant closed down.

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