Darla Guillen, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle
A Galveston restaurant launched by a Muslim business owner is shutting down following months of alleged harassment.
Late last year, Asad Khan
said he arrived at his island establishment ZaZa Bar & Bites to
find the front of the business was covered in bacon and bacon grease.
Khan, who immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan in 1993, is Muslim. It's
common practice for Muslims to abstain from pork.
He filed a report with the Galveston police
immediately following the incident. Since the vandalism, he said the
Khan explained that he ultimately made the difficult decision to shut down his restaurant.
"I shut ZaZa down because of death threats towards me
via phone calls," Khan said. "In the last seven weeks or so (the) calls
become worse. I did not enjoy being called "sand ni**er" or people
telling me that I will die in ZaZa."
The closing comes at the peak of Galveston's tourism season.
"I opened ZaZa (as) a happy little fun project; this
was supposed to (be) fun and love. Never did I think that people in
Galveston are so closed-minded," he said. "People want me dead because
of me being a Muslim. I am honestly sick to my stomach. And frankly,