Open for business during the coronavirus and Ramadan

Ghassan Farrah is burning the candle at both ends. An Arlington, Texas, restaurant owner, he opened his second Tiba Grill in Tyler at the end of April. He often commutes back and forth.

Between filling orders, answering the phone and talking to customers picking up takeout, Ghassan graciously shared his story with me. The topics ranged from his start with food, his plans to open a halal grocery adjacent to his new restaurant and his deep faith.

A devout Muslim, Ghassan’s face lights up when he shares the spiritual value he finds in fasting during Ramadan. When The Loop shot his video on a recent afternoon, he confessed he was tired and sleepy. I would add he may have been hungry and thirsty from fasting. Nonetheless, Ghassan indulged us and came to life over two subjects he loves: food and faith.

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Jane Neal is the executive director of The Tyler Loop and storytelling director of Out of the Loop: True Stories about Tyler and East Texas. In addition to the Loop, she works at the Literacy Council of Tyler and attends Sam Houston State University remotely, where she studies sociology. Jane is a certified interfaith spiritual guide. She is a member of Leadership Tyler Class 33 and a former teacher of French at Robert E. Lee High School, where she ran a storytelling program called Senior Stories. Jane and her husband Don have four children.