In this Jan. 9, 2018, photo, Ibrahim Alhasbani, owner of Qahwah House, a cafe that serves coffee made from beans harvested on his family's farm in Yemen's mountains, measures coffee beans in Dearborn, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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DEARBORN, Mich.: Ibrahim Alhasbani is like generations of Middle Eastern immigrants in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn: He fled war, came with dreams and worked for others until he could set up alone. Now, like an increasing number of people from Yemen who have come to the United States, he sees a long-term future outside the country he left and seeks to bring aspects of his native country into America.In cases like Alhasbani, they are making Yemeni culture a key part of the business proposition.The highest U.S. population of Yemenis is in the Detroit area, where Syrian and Lebanese immigrants had already settled and became more prominent in business.About 43,000 people of Yemeni ancestry are in the U.S. according to a 2015 census survey.Dearborn and the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck have several sit-down restaurants specializing in Yemeni cuisine. In Hamtramck, where a Yemeni serves on the majority-Muslim City Council, there are also shops devoted to Yemeni sweets and sub sandwiches.
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