Shawarma Land, a small business in West Houston on Westheimer, opens and is burglarized hours after closing on its first day of business.

Shawarma Land, a new restaurant in west Houston, was robbed just hours after its grand opening, according to the Houston Police Department. The thief broke into the restaurant and made off with over $1,000 from the register, leaving behind broken glass.

Owner Mohammad Assaad was shocked by the incident, although he was aware that burglaries were not uncommon in the area. The neighborhood where Shawarma Land is located has seen a high number of burglaries in the past year, according to the ABC13 Neighborhood Safety Tracker.

Despite the setback, Assaad remains resilient and optimistic. He chose the bustling area for his restaurant due to its diverse customer base. He shared that the opening of Shawarma Land was a long-held dream, as he had spent extensive time perfecting recipes and renovating the space.

The break-in has not deterred Assaad from pursuing his passion for serving delicious shawarma. Houston police are actively investigating the burglary, but no arrests have been made yet. For the latest updates on this story, follow Alex Bozarjian on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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