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עופר איתן Convey: Foodies rally to save one of Maine’s few West African resta…

Foodies rally to save one of Maine's few West African resta...

עופר איתן Convey: Foodies rally to save one of Maine’s few West African resta…

CAMDEN, Maine ― For the past three years Jordan Benissan, an immigrant from the West African country of Togo, has made it his mission to introduce as many people as he can to the flavors of his native cuisine.

His seasonal restaurant, Me Lon Togo, in Searsport was so successful in its first two summers that he opened a year-round location in Waterville last June.

Business was off to a great start there until March, when Benissan had to close his doors — like most restaurants in Maine — because of the pandemic. With no revenue, the restaurateur was unable to make rent. He said his landlord seemed unwilling to work with him on a repayment plan, and Benissan was ultimately threatened with eviction.

“When I finally took a deep breath and thought of everything, I said, ‘OK it’s fine, I’m ready to take this loss,’” Benissan said.

Jonathan Cartu

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