#MerchantSpotlight: Meet Mousa & Mohamed Alsheikh, co-owners of Jerusalem Cafe in Downtown Oak Park!

How has the last six months affected Jerusalem Cafe?
“To say the least, it has been very tough — it was a double whammy between the pandemic and Lake Street construction. We managed to keep afloat thanks to our loyal customers who supported us.”

What have you learned as a business owner over the last six months?
“Rainy day funds are critical for all businesses.”

How can the community help Jerusalem Cafe thrive in the coming months?
“We have been a part of this community for 16 years & hope to be around for many more. The community can count on us & we hope to count on them for support.”

If you didn’t own a restaurant, what would be your dream career?
“I am a software engineer and that is my other passion.”

Favorite local spot to dine?
Delia’s Kitchen

Favorite local spot to shop?
Book Table

Favorite fun thing to do when you aren’t busy running your business?
“I volunteer for causes I believe in like Habitat for Humanity and the Peace Now movement.”

Anything else you’d like the community to know? 
“I was born in Jerusalem to a father who ran a small restaurant in the old city who taught me and my brothers how to cook authentic Middle Eastern food.”