A falafel restaurant that aims to feed people at a low cost while helping refugees around the world just opened its first location in Washington, DC and already has plans to expand, with Boston on the list of potential cities. Falafel Inc. opened in the Georgetown area of D.C., according to Boston Restaurant Talk, and will consider expanding north to New England and west to Palo Alto, CA as it grows.
The restaurant’s founder is entrepreneur Ahmad Ashkar, who told Washington City Paper that he wanted to launch a project that could help the world’s refugee crisis. Food at the restaurant includes falafel sandwiches for $3, bowls for $4, and sides (like hummus, tabouleh, and fries) and drinks for $3 and under. A portion of the restaurant’s business each week will be donated to help feed refugees.
Falafel Inc. operates under the motto “food for good,” using recipes passed down from Ashkar’s mother. The restaurant’s menu online indicates plans to grow to 100 stores and be able to feed 1 million refugees each year.