In 1991, civil war erupted in Somalia. Mohamed Abubakar, 40, was 18 years old at the time and knew he needed to get out of his homeland as quickly as possible. “Once my family and I [had] the opportunity to leave the country, we did.”
Since coming to the United States, Abubakar and his sister, Shams Nur, 38, opened a grocery store on 10th and Mitchell streets, Amana Halal Meat Garden of Eden, but wanted to do more. “My sister kept pestering me about starting up a restaurant and eventually I gave in,” Abubaukar said. “I’m glad I listened to her,” he joked. African Garden Restaurant was born.