Viennese restaurant turns Syrian refugees into “entrepreneurs”

Viennese restaurant turns Syrian refugees into “entrepreneurs”

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A new “fusion” restaurant in the Austrian capital Vienna, has found the special ingredient to turn Syrian refugees into budding entrepreneurs with a chance to open their own businesses.

That’s the dream of the founder of Habibi & Hawara, Katha Schinkinger, who was host to a special patron on his last overseas trip as UN Secretary General: Ban Ki-moon, in early December.

Ms Schinkinger and other co-founders came up with the idea of the restaurant after being impressed by the “huge potential” of recently arrived refugees in the summer of 2015.

They opened their doors in May and now employ 13 Syrians, working alongside Austrian staff, hoping they will launch their own branches in the future.

Reem Abaza asked her how they came up with the restaurant name.

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UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe