CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A mother is making her son’s dreams come true, even though he’s no longer alive.
Zuhair Jallad died last year in a car crash.
He loved to cook, and his family said his dream was to open a restaurant in Cleveland.
“Ever since he was born everyone called him Zuzu,” his mom said.
Zuzu was in his second semester of college.
He had planned to start out in the tech industry and then one day have the funds to open a Mediterranean restaurant.
Now, Zuzu’s entire family, including aunts and cousins, is working in the restaurant named after him. It’s called Zuzu’s Meals.
“He had so many people who cared for him,” Jallad said.
His mother, Kholoud Jallad, told Cleveland 19 her family is from both Palestine and Jordan.
“All our food is made from homemade recipes that we learned from moms and grandmas,” she said.
His mother said her 17-year-old got lost while driving home last August.
She said she was on the phone with him when he collided with a semi-truck.
“I heard his car crash,” she said. “I was calling his name and hoping that he was going to answer me.”
Five days later, doctors told his family there was no sign of brain activity.
“We had to make the ultimate decision,” she said. “It’s never easy to let go.”
After burying her son, it only took about seven months to get up and running.
Jallad says running the restaurant is making each day easier.
“I’m trying to make his dream come true. Yeah,” she said.
Jallad’s remarkably strong.
She said it’s because of all the support people gave her after ZuZu’s death.
That's what motivates her to keep going.
She said, “I’m going to work really hard to make sure we get his message through to everybody, that there is so much love in this world.”
Zuzu’s is located in downtown Cleveland just off of superior avenue.
It’s open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.