- Title: Coronavirus-branded restaurant turns heads in the occupied West bank
- Date: 23rd November 2020
- Summary: BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK (NOVEMBER 19, 2020) (REUTERS) SIGN READING (English): "CORONA SANDWICH" RESTAURANT EXTERIOR MENU AT RESTAURANT VARIOUS OF OWNER OF RESTAURANT, RAED BANOURA, GRILLING CHICKEN (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) OWNER OF CORONA-SANDWICH RESTAURANT, RAED BANOURA, SAYING: "The coronavirus arrived in Bethlehem and it hit the tourism industry. I decided to open a restaurant under the name 'Corona', coronavirus which made us stay home, took us out of work, and destroyed our lives. I decided to deliberately name the restaurant 'Corona' to change how we view it and give people hope. I myself have hope." BANOURA COOKING BANOURA PILING CHICKEN PIECES ONTO SHEET BEFORE COOKING BANOURA WORKING IN RESTAURANT KITCHEN BANOURA PREPARING A SANDWICH (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) OWNER OF CORONA-SANDWICH RESTAURANT, RAED BANOURA, SAYING: "The idea (of the name) came from living with the coronavirus. We hear the word 'corona' around one thousand times a day and maybe we even say it around two thousand times a day. So the name is used a lot and I wanted to name the restaurant after a popular word that would spread fast among people and at the same time it is meaningful because this name has become part of our story. We are a part of history. The meaning of 'corona' in English is crown and whoever says that coronavirus is connected with death and sickness, well so are cigarettes. They cause death and sickness but that does not mean that we erase them from our lives, from our vocabulary. No, we need to accept it, live with it, and overcome it." VARIOUS OF CUSTOMERS AT RESTAURANT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CUSTOMER AT RESTAURANT, ELEEN ATTALLAH, SAYING: "In the end, we will all talk about our experiences, and sometimes a name by itself says a lot. Here it talks about 'corona' and the coronavirus situation, and we have someone who named his restaurant 'Corona'. This can make you curious and want to try the restaurant and its sandwiches, and to try to understand from where he got this idea. That on its own is very telling." GIRLS EATING SANDWICHES (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CUSTOMER AT RESTAURANT, JANET ABU FARHA, SAYING: "The name makes us forget about the coronavirus situation. I am eating here high-quality sandwiches, and the name is going to remind me of that. It won't remind me of a bad experience, quite the opposite, it would bring me back to a nice experience." VARIOUS OF BANOURA PREPARING SANDWICH WHILE SINGING BANOURA IN KITCHEN / CUSTOMERS SEATED OUTSIDE RESTAURANT
- Embargoed: 7th December 2020 11:06
- Keywords: Coronavirus Health Palestinians Restaurant Unemployment
- Location: BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK
- City: BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Human-Led Quirky,Human-Led Stories,Middle East
- Reuters ID: LVA001D5SFSYD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: On one of the West Bank city of Bethlehem's main streets, an unusual name for a restaurant catches the eyes of passersby: "Corona-Sandwich" restaurant.
Originally a tour guide who lost his job after the pandemic, restaurant owner Raed Banoura found a way to reverse his unemployment by making the most out of the crisis.
Banoura's restaurant is named after the 2020s most commonly used word: the coronavirus.
In doing so, Banoura has attempted to shift people's sentiments towards the word from anxiety and fear of being reminded of tasty wraps.
The restaurant's menu shows a variety of meat sandwiches and salads, with the "COVID-19 Sandwich" and "Corona Salad" grabbing customers' attention the most.
Although the lockdown had been partially eased in the West Bank, authorities have said a new lockdown was under discussion.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that the total number of infections reached 84,340 cases including 714 deaths in the occupied territories.
(Production: Mohammad abu Ganeyeh, Suheir Sheikh)
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