Abdishakur Elmi emigrated from Somalia to the Twin Cities in 1996. Little did he know that in May 2020, the unrest would bring back memories of his childhood in Somalia. Elmi looked on in horror as flames raged from the roof of the brick building next to his restaurant. He founded Hamdi Restaurant and has been at 818 East Lake St for 15 years, specializing in Somali and Middle Eastern cuisine, using the freshest ingredients and handmade spices. The restaurant offers a banquet room for large events and has a makeshift mosque where community members can pray and study the Koran. The Gofundme page speaks to Abdishakur as “someone who would go above and beyond for his customers and community,” as demonstrated by his eagerness to partner with others in creating a thriving East Lake Street and in initiatives such as the Small Business Energy Coaching Partnership program to improve energy efficiency.