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Inside the Krusty Krab restaurant now open for business in Palestine

Salta Burger is the world’s first restaurant inspired by Krusty Krab, a burger joint featured in Nickelodeon’s cartoon show Spongebob Squarepants. It opened its doors on July 24 in an unlikely place – the Palestinian city of Ramallah, in the West Bank.

“It’s beautiful, it’s the first time there is something like this for Palestine,” said Raghad Awad, 11.

Before it even saw its first patron, the restaurant was a hit on social media and garnered international attention – including a post from Fusion last month.

For Ramallah resident Nejmah Awad, 23, the burger joint is a source of local pride.

“I was just scrolling through Facebook this morning and and I see all these people from the United States – they are not Arabic, they are not Palestinian, and they are all envying Palestine because we have [Krusty Krab] now.”

If the concept proves successful, the owners hope to expand.

“We hope that, next year, the first branch will be in Gaza, because the children of Gaza need this,” said co-owner Nidaa Fsaisi-Soboh.

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