Abdirahman Kahin, the CEO and founder of Afro Deli, is originally from Somalia and is not a trained chef or cook. He jokes that he hits his “sweet spot” when he does the dishes. But customer service, hospitality and creating a welcoming environment are his true talents. Kahin saw a need for Halal food in Minneapolis, which was lacking, and opened a restaurant that catered to Black and mainstream communities. And just like that (and with loads of hard work, of course), Afro Deli – a fast-casual African eatery – was born. It was important to Kahin that Afro Deli represent African culture, not just Somali culture, so multiple audiences could relate to it. With three locations across the city and one in St. Paul, Afro Deli has been a go-to for downtown workers, college students, locals and visitors for years. Ultimately, Afro Deli brings diverse groups together and introduces Minneapolitans to African culture through taste and smell.