Dream Big Grow Here Entry

Interview with Hassan about Fresh Mediterranean Express’ entry in #DreamBigGrowHere

Hassan Fresh Mediterranean #dreambiggrowhere

So what is Dream Big Grow Here?   It’s a business grant contest for Iowa entrepreneurs looking to turn their dreams into a reality.  The first step in the contest is showing the judges that you have support from your community.  This is done through votes on the contest page.

What is your dream? Since I can remember, I’ve wanted to own a Mediterranean café.  I love cooking and watching people enjoy the flavorful foods.  It’s like nothing else.  My super supportive wife, Jeni, and I decided to open Fresh Mediterranean Express back in 2013.  I had been laid off in the mortgage industry and it was the right time.  We spent the better part of a year planning and purchasing equipment.  In December of 2013 we signed our lease at Westwood Plaza in Waukee.

We spent the next four and a half months remodeling the space and navigating our way through all the red tape of opening a restaurant.  On May 13th we opened to the public.  It’s been a whirlwind since then.

We have had many request from customers through out the state to open another Fresh Med in their neighborhood.  Although we would love to do that, it’s just not financially feasible at this time.  So what we decided to do is – PURCHASE A MOBILE UNIT!  This would enable us to participate in more festivals, farmers markets, and special events – sharing our Mediterranean fare with more people in Iowa!

So what’s the next step?  We are asking our customers, friends, and family to support us in the #DreamBigGrowHere grant competition so we can purchase a mobile unit and serve up more great Mediterranean food in more locations through out Iowa.

I want to say that we truly appreciate the support and hope to see all of you very soon, in a neighborhood near you!

To support Fresh Mediterranean Express in their dream to purchase a mobile unit, you can vote daily at: bit.ly/freshmexpressdreambig

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