People have been trying to get Abraham Abdalla to contact Guy Fieri, host of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” and ask to be featured on his TV show.
Last year, Abraham and his wife, Lorena, converted part of their convenience store into a restaurant and bar that serves Peruvian food. Customers can fill up their gas tanks, then stop in for a chicken kebab and a cold one.
“We have live music on Friday nights,” said Abraham, 45, of Maryville. “Rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz, all kinds.”
The couple changed the name of the business from Raqqa Food Mart to Fairview Lounge Bar & Grill. They moved out shelving to make room for tables and chairs and built an oak bar along one end.
“It’s a full bar,” Abraham said. “We have over 200 beers — domestic, imported and craft. Plus we have 16 beers on tap that change seasonally.”