How a Lebanese Immigrant Turned a Struggling Restaurant Into an Empire

October 6, 2019

By The 961 |

There are stories that are too inspiring and impressive for us not to miss sharing. And this is one of them!

We tend to believe that once we migrate to countries of better opportunities, like the US or Canada, our lives will become better in no time, away from our issues in Lebanon. Yet, it is never the case. The journey of adaption and status’ improvement is tough in the gherbeh and full of challenges. Just ask any Lebanese immigrant abroad and listen to their narratives. Some reached their ultimate aim, many didn’t.

Like many Lebanese seeking opportunities abroad, Mohamad Fakih immigrated to Canada two decades ago and worked hard through the challenges of being an immigrant in a new country of a different culture and environment.

“On my journey I worked my butt off. I learned first-hand that there are no shortcuts to success. Do yourself a favor and politely ignore anyone who tells you otherwise,” he said via The Globe and Mail.

As he worked in finding his ground and way in Canada, he started working part-time at the Canadian iconic Tim Hortons, Canada’s largest quick-service restaurant chain, specializing in coffee and doughnuts. Fakih didn’t last till the end of his first week because, as he said, the restaurant wasn’t halal.

However, the famous story of the founder inspired him with passion. He thought, “if Mr. Horton could do it, then so could I.” From there, Fakih went on working hard, learning, acquiring new skills, experiencing the market and the culture, saving, and planning, fiercely determined to become the new Mr. Horton but with halal restaurants.

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