Galiliee Cafe and the Familial Torch

First, it was “Hey, the Galilee Cafe has some pretty good food.”

A month later, it was “Hey, looks like someone torched the Galilee Cafe in a hate crime.”

Now, four months later, it’s “Hey, looks like this might have been an insurance fraud scam. They just arrested the owner’s brother for arson.” Oh, and the owner? He’s been ordered to be deported but is fighting the case.

I’m pretty sure this is not a model for the whole “coming to America and living your dreams” fantasies…

2 Comments so far

  1. Norm! (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    I hate false hate crimes.

    I remember when this story broke and wondered if the ‘hard working’ restaurant owner had staged it. What a jerk.

  2. extramsg (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 2:43 am

    I’ll withold judgment. There’s no evidence presented in the article. And apparently the two that were originally arrested are still being tried.

    However, one explanation might be that contrary to the claim in the article, it was not a very popular spot. I liked it. I visited it often. It was one of my favorite Middle Eastern restaurants in all of PDX. But it was rarely busy. And with a new child for the owner, I’m sure things were tight and tough.

    I hope they didn’t do it. I’d be disappointed. I always liked the family and their food.

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