A restaurant in Northern Iraq that only features Iraq’s national dish on the menu has been named “Trump Fish,” after President-elect Donald Trump.
The 31-year-old restaurant owner, Nedyar Zawity, had registered the Trump name months ago with Kurdish authorities and says the branding is more about making a profit than it is about politics.
The restaurant, which opened last week in the Kurdish city of Duhok, sports a logo of President-elect Trump’s face on the front window.
Trump Fish, sandwiched between an appliance shop and a laundromat, is run by Zawity and his three brothers.
Presently, the restaurant offers just one dish: masgouf, a grilled fish which is farmed in local rivers and seasoned with olive oil, pepper, lemon, and spices. However, this one entree is known as Iraq’s national dish.
Zawity said the Trump name has helped attract customers, “including Westerners who say they don’t necessarily support the Republican figure but dine here for novelty’s sake.”
An American diner, David Hirsch of California, told a Reuters reporter, “He is an American. Maybe he is not my favorite, but he is still American. So I’m happy to try a restaurant with an American name with Kurdish-Iraqi food.”
Zawity said he “appreciates the president-elect’s promise to ramp up support to the Kurds and their peshmerga fighters, a sensitive proposition in a country where competing pro-government forces vie for Western backing.”
Zawity told the reporter, “I personally love Trump for this. The name Trump is beloved in Kurdistan.”
Trump gave the Kurds hope during the campaign last July, when praising their fighters’ “skill and loyalty” and calling for them to be armed. Trump said during the speech, “I’m a big fan of the Kurdish forces.”
The Kurds are hoping that Trump’s ringing endorsement of their fighters will be backed by political support.
As for Trump Fish, owner Zawity says he’d like to take his Trump caricature logo to the United States and open another restaurant there.
Zawity laughed and said, “Give me a visa and I will go tomorrow.”
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