- The Washington Times - Monday, November 7, 2016

A couple of Muslim immigrants who emphatically support Donald Trump for president have completely rebranded their Texas restaurant to honor the Republican nominee.

Israeli-born Eddie Hawa and his wife Sue Hawa purchased the Bellville Cafe, a French restaurant, in downtown Bellville earlier this year. After six months of planning, the restaurant rebranded itself on Oct. 28 as the Trump Cafe, serving up American classics such as burgers, sandwiches and chicken fried steaks.

“We’re trying to get more ‘country’ into the menu,” head chef Bonnie Padgett told Houstonia magazine. “He’s Americanized everything to where it’s what you would eat at home, we want you to be able to come in and relax like that.”

Mr. Hawa, the executive chef, said that while supporting Mr. Trump isn’t a requirement to work at the restaurant, many of his predominantly black staff do support the business mogul. Restaurant manager Sam Jamus said the employees of Trump Cafe all agreed to the name change, a local news station reported.

Mr. Trump wants to bring businesses here and bring money into the country not take it away to other countries,” Mr. Hawa told Houstonia. “We need someone who’s thinking about America first.”

The Hawas support Mr. Trump’s proposed southern border wall and believe the Republican nominee’s rhetoric about Muslim and Mexican immigrants was misrepresented.

“When Mr. Trump talks about borders he’s talking about protecting this country,” Mr. Hawa said. “We have a border in my country — a big wall between Jerusalem and the West Bank. Everyone just wants to protect their country.”

The restaurant has become the target of threatening calls and negative social media comments, but members of the local community have rallied around the owners, donating Trump campaign signs and other campaign items to decorate the restaurant. Since the name change, Mr. Hawa said customers have visited from as far away as Oklahoma, Nevada and Colorado, Houstonia reported.

Mr. Hawa said Trump Cafe T-shirts are free for military veterans. The restaurant will also hand out free meals to veterans all day long on Election Day this Tuesday.


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