Leah Cohen, 38, of Boca Raton, Fla., wanted to go out for dinner with her family during a visit to New York for a family wedding, but she was concerned that her special needs son, Ari, 13, would upset other diners due to his uncontrollable flailing and grunts and that his behavior would attract uncomfortable stares.
The NY Daily News reports that Leah reached out to the owner of Kasai — a kosher Hibachi eatery in Flatbush — with the help of Elan Kornblum, who runs the popular Facebook group Great Kosher Restaurant Foodies.
“I told her she could come whenever she wanted,” Kasai owner Victor Ebadi, 30, recalled. “I’d send any customers away if they had a problem.”
Cohen didn’t want to inconvenience other diners and was worried how they’d react, so Ebadi offered to open the restaurant an hour before the dinner rush Tuesday for Ari and the rest of the family.
“Your son is our son!” he told Cohen. Read the rest of the story at the NY Daily News.