In a south Denver strip mall dominated by Middle Eastern restaurants, Damascus Grill has stood out over the years, serving Syrian cuisine since 1990. But the restaurant's sign is gone at 2276 South Colorado Boulevard, replaced by a new one announcing Fatoush Authentic Middle Eastern Restaurant.
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The changeover was quick. The place looks as if it received a serious scrub-down inside, and tapestry-like tablecloths add color and texture, but the menus are the same as before, still bearing the Damascus cover.
The Kassir family has been active in the community over the years; daughter Amal Kassir is a Denver poet and activist who led protests at Denver International Airport earlier this year when President Donald Trump enacted a travel and immigration ban against citizens of Syria.