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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Middle Eastern Restaurants Hope Coronavirus Doesn't Take Out Little Arabia Businesses in Anaheim

Updated: Aug 12, 2020

A few minutes before closing, Nesrine Omari stands behind the order window inside Kareem's Restaurant in Anaheim's Little Arabia District. She's the sole person left inside to hand out the last few orders for takeout and delivery.

The solitary moment contrast starkly with the Palestinian eatery's usual convivial atmosphere where Arab hospitality has had Omari conversing with families since 1996.

But like most other Arab American businesses along Brookhurst Street, Little Arabia's main thoroughfare, Kareem's Restaurant is struggling to get by a few weeks after stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus suddenly converted it into takeout only.

Read more on my latest Los Angeles Times feature:

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