Three One Cafe in Lewiston to Close
In October 2010 Down East profiled the popular Lewiston restaurant. Three One Cafe, located on Lisbon Street. Its chef, Mahamed Mahamud, served up Americanized versions of East African food, and the cafe became a staple of the Lewiston dining scene, especially to the large Somalian population in the area. The restaurant was able transcended communities however, as its chef explained to us at the time: ““Food always have a lasting name,” he said, “and that lasting name represent a nation, value, dignity, and honesty,” he says. “We are working together to share in an honest way. I try the best of what I have to show Somali food.”
Unfortunately, the cafe is now set to close on March 31. The owner, Mahamud, was not granted asylum when he moved his family to Lewiston in 2002. That meant they had no path toward citizenship. Judges have renewed his work permit many times, but recently he was told to leave the country. Be sure to visit this Lewiston institution while you still can. Maine will be sorry to see Mahamud, his family, and his restaurant leave the state.