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Owner of Afro Deli dishes on bringing halal food to the MN State Fair, restaurant's rapid growth

The man behind the rapidly growing fusion restaurant chain credits his team and students from the Univerity of Minnesota for his business' growth.

Naasir Akailvi


Published: 5:34 PM CDT September 1, 2023
Updated: 5:39 PM CDT September 1, 2023

Abdirahman Kahin sat on a brick stoop outside the Food Building at the Minnesota State Fair Friday to reflect on how his restaurant, Afro Deli, went from a vision of uniting the community through food to four locations in the Twin Cities with more on the way. 

But before he was named Minnesota's Small Business Person of the Year and shook President Joe Biden's hand, Kahin set out with a simple purpose.

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