Baltimore Protesters Tried To Light This Pizza Shop Owner on Fire, But He’s Not Giving Up
Papa Palace has been a staple pizza joint in West Baltimore for eight years.
And here is what Papa Pizza looks like today:
Essam el Ghannam owns the pizza shop, which was torched by the Baltimore rioters on Monday.
Ghannam tells IJReview that he literally escaped the mob with his life. “A girl in the mob yelled ‘Fire him. Fire the dirty pizza man,'” he recalls, “Then they poured the lighter fluid on me, on my car and hit me with flames from lighters.” The rioters were trying to burn Ghannam alive. When he fled, they torched his store.
The results were devastating.
This is Ghannam’s office:
All of Ghannam’s inventory has been totaled.
But, so has his ability to fill orders, like this elementary school pizza request.
But after all of this, Ghannam isn’t giving up.
“This is my life. I do not know why they do this to me. But it will not stop me,” Ghannam says defiantly, “I will reopen. I’m gonna secure my business very good. Get a weapons license and protect my shop.”