Mama Ayesha’s in Washington D.C. has been serving Middle Eastern food in the Adams Morgan neighborhood since 1960. Over the last seven years, however, it’s become known for something other than its food. In 2009, artist Karla “Karlisima” Rodas finished a mural that it took him two years to paint that depicts the restaurant’s founder, “Mama” Ayesha Abraham with every U.S. President since Dwight Eisenhower. A quick location search on Instagram for the restaurant turns up more photos of the mural than of the food.
The mural is about to change, however. Or, rather, it won’t change. According to The Washingtonian, Donald Trump will not be added to the mural. It’s going to stay as it is. When asked why by The Washingtonian, Amir Abu-El-Hawa, whose family owns the restaurant said, “Our official position is that it is not in the budget.”
He added, “This is Mama welcoming the presidents to DC… She was the American dream. For a Muslim and Arab woman immigrant from Palestine to come here on her own and build this business, is a remarkable legacy.”