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During Ramadan, Golden Fingers brings community together after dusk

Some Twin Cities restaurants are offering iftar specials during Ramadan, including Golden Fingers in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — When the sun starts to set, the line grows at Golden Fingers in Minneapolis. 

"Between 4 o'clock and 8 o'clock, it's hectic," said Mustafi Ali, who manages the restaurant on the corner of Chicago and Franklin Avenues. 

Muslims all across the world are in the middle of observing Ramadan.

"It's the holy month of Ramadan for those that don't know. This is a time of spiritual reflection for us Muslims. A time that's very dear and near to our heart," said a customer who comes to Golden Fingers once a week during Ramadan. "Also understanding that there are others that are less fortunate in the world compared to us and it's just a time of being grateful." 

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Mustafi Ali, manager of Golden Fingers.

Part of the holy month includes fasting from dawn to dusk. The meal Muslims eat after sunset to break fast during Ramadan is called iftar. 

When it's time to eat, restaurants like Golden Fingers become gathering places at night.

Golden Fingers opened in the Ventura Village neighborhood in 2017. While the restaurant is described as a Mediterranean kitchen, they make a variety of foods.

"Somali food, American food, Mediterranean, and Indian. We are all over the place," Ali said.

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"The businesses are booming and when it gets around Ramadan... excitement starts happening in this area, especially evening," Minneapolis City Council Member Jamal Osman said. 

Osman stopped by Tuesday night to break fast with friends. 

"Families come together; friends come together," said Khadija Mohamed. "It's like joy, happiness. It brings a lot of good vibes and energy."

Golden Fingers is offering specials during Ramadan. 

Golden Fingers
1914 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

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