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Restaurant Called The Bomb Opens in Michigan

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A new Middle Eastern restaurant in Eastpointe, Michigan is making headlines for its name: The Bomb. Syrian husand-and-wife owners George and Rana Kasar tell WWJ News in Detroit that that the name refers to the slang expression and to their spicy food, including a signature "Bomb Fajita." Rana Kasar explains that the name has gotten the restaurant negative attention: "(It's) a little bit scary. They think we're terrorists now."

In the video below, Detroit's Fox 2 speaks with with locals to get their impressions of the name. They also speak with a representative from the Arab American Civil Rights League, who says the name "feeds into the certain stereotypes that ... somehow, someway associate Arab Americans with bombs." Despite some negative reactions, George Kasar says he has no plans to change to a less controversial name. Go, watch the video:

Video: Middle eastern restaurant called The Bomb opens in Eastpointe

Fox 2 News Headlines

· "The Bomb" Middle Eastern Restaurant To Open In Eastpointe [CBS/WWJ]
· Middle eastern restaurant called The Bomb opens in Eastpointe [MyFoxDetroit]
· All Name Game Coverage on Eater [-E-]

The Bomb

16749 E. 9 Mile Road Eastpointe, MI 48021