Kazi Mannan, a Pakistani immigrant in the United States bought a restaurant in Washington with two very simple and straightforward reasons. One, he wanted to serve authentic South Asian food to Americans and two, he wanted to feed the poor and needy for free.
Mannan bought Mayur Kabob House and renamed it to Sakina Halal Grill, a tribute to his and all the mothers around the world.
Sakina Halal Grill serves authentic Pakistani, Indian and Nepalese food to its customers in Washington. To bring out the best taste, Manan hired chefs from all three countries.
But that is just one of the highlights of Mannan’s desi restaurant. On every Friday, the doors of the restaurant are opened for the poor, needy and homeless as if it is opened for normal customers.
Every man, woman, and child walking into the restaurant who is hungry and in need is treated in the same manner the restaurant treats its other customers. They are given a meal of their choice and are served by a waiter on their tables.
Kazi came to the United States in 1996 and had only $3 in his pocket. He started working at a gas station and then started a limousine service and then finally bought this restaurant.
When he took over the restaurant, he brought in all the homeless people he could find and told them that they could eat as much as they wanted to, all for free.
4 years later Mannan is still focused on providing free meals to the needy just to see a smile on their face.
Location of Sakina Halal Grill
If you’re ever in Washington D.C. you can find Kazi Mannan’s restaurant at 1108 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
Food and I are like Romeo and Juliet, except with a happy ending and a satisfied stomach. This Briyani tho was completely westernised and an injustice to all briyanis. I was so hungry that I literally finished the entire bowl in under 5 mins, still not full tho. Definitely, the old woman next me was judging. I could sense her desi auntie vibe. Oh how ladylike of me? 📸 : baby cakes @w_i_d_h_a_f
P.s: When it comes to deciding a place to eat - it's a total nightmare. Our first stop was Chipotle, where we ran inside and bought 4 huge bottles of water and went out. Bruv it was 8 mins to iftar and we still haven't decided a place to eat. The staff at the Chipotle counter were 'chill' af. *wink* wink*