Minneapolis enterprise proprietor who cheered rioters burning down restaurant has van stolen, new enterprise robbed

A enterprise proprietor in Minneapolis, who arrange store throughout city a yr after his first Indian restaurant was burned down final summer season throughout riots after George Floyd’s loss of life, says his van stuffed with provides for his new institution was stolen. 

Ruhel Islam, an immigrant who grew up underneath a Bangladeshi dictatorship, mentioned somebody took the stolen van to his new restaurant, Curry In A Hurry, from in entrance of his dwelling then used the keys left contained in the truck to enter the constructing Monday, taking $500 from the register, Fox 9 Minneapolis reported. 

His first restaurant, referred to as Gandhi Mahal, was situated simply blocks away from the Minneapolis Police Division’s third Precinct, which was additionally burned down by rioters final summer season. The restaurant caught hearth throughout the demonstrations. Islam and his daughter, Hafsa Islam, went viral on Fb, writing in a submit on the time, “Let my constructing burn. Justice must be served.”

The constructing that after housed Gandhi Mahal on East Lake Road has since been demolished and a neighborhood backyard has been erected as a replacement. Islam later opened Curry In A Hurry lower than two miles away, which is open for takeout, supply, catering and outside seating over the summer season.


Islam mentioned his catering truck was stuffed with newly bought catering provides, kitchen gear, and personal enterprise account paperwork when it was stolen from outdoors his dwelling within the Morris Park/Nokomis space Saturday afternoon. 

Curry In A Hurry mentioned in a submit to its Fb web page that the stolen van was final noticed by an excellent Samaritan driving at Lake Road and thirty eighth Avenue round 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. The van’s log was painted over with black squares. No suspects have been apprehended. 

Islam mentioned he wouldn’t press costs if his van was returned. 

“When you want meals, I’ll provide you with meals all of your life – you’ll have it. Want a job to lease a home, I’ll provide you with a job,” Islam mentioned. “Come work with us and resolve the issue. That is what now we have to do.”

This promise comes over a yr after his daughter, Hafsa Islam, additionally wrote an op-ed revealed within the Washington Publish on Could 30, 2020. 

Protesters in Minneapolis, Minn., took over and burned the police division’s third Precinct constructing on Could 28, 2020 as the town’s unrest continued for a fourth day following the loss of life of George Floyd. 
(Nick Espinosa through Storyful)


“It turns into clearer to me than ever that the difficulty at hand is bigger than Gandhi Mahal. We are able to rebuild a constructing, however we’ll by no means reclaim the life George Floyd didn’t get to stay,” she wrote on the time, not lengthy after her household’s enterprise was burned past restore. “For years, protesters tried peace. It didn’t work. If that is what it takes to get justice, then it would have been value it.” 


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