Winooski, VT — Vermont’s first Afghan restaurant, Bamyan Kebab Home, opened final week. Brothers Awran and Wazirgul Hashimi hopes that the restaurant generally is a place the place they’ll deliver the neighborhood collectively.
“One of many causes that I opened this restaurant was as a result of Vermont accepted a superb variety of new Afghan refugees and particularly in Chittenden County,” mentioned Awran. “I made a decision to open this restaurant as a spot for them to return collectively and really feel it as a house to rejoice a few of their most necessary events and holidays in Afghan calendars.”
Awran additionally hopes to introduce the Afghan meals and cultures to the individuals of Vermont. “This place is the place they arrive and meet new Afghans and so they eat Afghan meals and get to know extra about Afghans and the constructive tales that Afghans need to share with them.”
Chef Wardak Karimi is among the many Afghan refugees newly resettled within the U.S. after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. “Vermont could be very very similar to my province in Afghanistan, the persons are pleasant which can be from right here,” mentioned Karimi.
Karimi has been in Vermont for 5 months. “It has been slightly bit difficult to start with however the persons are supportive and pleasant right here and so they have accepted me with open arms. The explanation that I come to work right here is as a result of is it’s the first Afghan restaurant in Vermont and I wish to cook dinner Afghan meals and it’s a great way to have work and introduce Afghan cultures.”
The supervisor, Najia Anwari, says the meals is totally totally different from something you’ll find within the state. “It seems like residence, that i’m in Afghanistan and going to a restaurant and eat Afghan meals and conventional meals and it feels actually good for me.”
There are about 260 Afghan refugees which have arrived in Vermont during the last a number of months. “My demand is that we could be as supportive as we are able to to them as a result of they’re pressured to go away their houses and it doesn’t matter how undeveloped or how dangerous the world was that they have been residing, it nonetheless was a house and so they left it, and have been pressured to return and so they wish to have a peaceable and profitable life right here,” mentioned Hashimi.
The Bamyan Kebab Home shall be open day-after-day however Monday for lunch and dinner.