Somali Immigrant Opens an Authentic Restaurant in Downtown Syracuse Somali Immigrant Opens an Authentic Restaurant in Downtown Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Isir’s Somali Restaurant opened up in early September. The owner of the restaurant Isir Farah overcame the challenges to pursue her dream.

“It is hard to believe that the restaurant is now open, I am very proud of myself,” Farah said.

Being an immigrant in the U.S. and opening up your business might be challenging. Besides that, Farah was also in the middle of planning her own wedding. Her husband, Mohamed Mohamed, had absolutely no doubt in his wife. He said that resilience is Farah’s strong trait as a business owner.

About three years ago, Farah started from selling food platters at her own house. She always wanted to share her culture through Somali traditional meals. But soon, the kitchen was small enough to serve everyone. That’s when Farah first thought about expanding as a local business.

“I knew that people really needed this, and we needed more diverse African restaurants, because we don’t have that in Syracuse,” Farah said. “But we are getting better.”

Family was always important to Isir. Today, her sisters, husband, and friends are all being part of Isir’s business. Including her mom who is the main chef in the restaurant’s kitchen.

Isir’s Somali Restaurant is located on 656 N. Salina St. and open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Take out or dine-in options are available.

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