Help Damascus Restaurant Stay Open

Damascus Cafe and Bakery on Beech Street has been hit by both vandalism and theft recently. The cafe's owner, Hussein Qarquoz, the patriarch of the first Syrian refugee family to settle in Sudbury, says that he has noticed more people congregating in the areas near his restaurant since the pandemic took hold.
The pain in Qarquoz' voice was evident when he spoke about the situation, as the generous business owner opened his doors and handed out free meals to the city's less fortunate last year around the holidays.
"I'm seeing more homeless people, they're hanging out around the front of the store," said Qarquoz, whose front door was broken at the cafe a week ago. "We notice there's more people here now, it's a very bad time."
A few months ago, Qarquoz' van was broken into and his wallet was stolen. The thieves pulled nearly $3,000 from Hussein's account and it has caused him a lot of difficulty and he now fears he could lose his cafe.
"We've been very slow because of COVID-19, but I had $2,800 stolen and I can't pay rent for October or November," said Qarquoz. "I'm trying to save my business. I've been giving free food to homeless people, but I can't afford to do this anymore."
From their interview with

This local business owner and his family have already been dealt a hand that no one ever should, but still was always more than happy to get up every day and give back to his new community so selflessly. So many people have been recipients of his generosity, so let's now come together as a community and step up for him and his family in their time of need. 


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Emma-Alycia Golden 
Sudbury, ON
Hussein Qarqouz 
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