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A generous restaurateur

Gypsy Boy | May 12, 2003 08:57 AM

About a week ago, I posted a long review of Andalous Moroccan Restaurant on Clark. In recalling my experience there, one thought occurred to me that I had not expressed in the review because it did not deal directly with my meal. Upon reflection, I think it is worth mentioning now.

In the course of my meal I spoke with Hadj, who I believe to be the owner. As we talked about many things, a homeless man with a huge plastic bag on his shoulder came into the entryway but no further. He waved to Hadj, waited until his wave was acknowledged, and then went outside again. Hadj explained that he fed the homeless man when he stopped by. In return, he asked only that the man not enter the restaurant proper because he was smelled bad.

I can't recall the last time I saw a restaurateur do such a simple, generous, thing. I have no doubt that there are others, perhaps even many others, who do such things, unobtrusively and with no thought of recognition. Still, I thought his act worthy of mention on a board often consumed with other things. His act was a surprise--and a pleasure--to witness.

Gypsy Boy

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