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Updated: 08/13/2014 08:00:01AM

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SUN PHOTO BY SUE WADE


Any given mealtime in Joseph’s Deli’s dining room.

SUN PHOTO BY SUE WADE

Mary and Jamal Hishmeh in front of Joseph’s wall of awards.

SUN PHOTO BY SUE WADE


Neighborhood cartoon muralist and friend Jonathan “Frog” McDonald created a new mural for Joseph’s, two-handed, wielding spray can and brush.

SUN PHOTO BY SUE WADE

Joseph’s Deli and Catering is at 3231 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.

Sue Wade

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Over time, it occurs to you that your neighborhood seems like Restaurateur Row. You smell aromatic Thai spices wafting over the back fence, notice an eatery’s logo on a car parked up the street, are suavely greeted at the entrance to his family’s restaurant by a local kid you’d seen shooting hoops in his driveway that morning.

That so many neighbor families own restaurants is a measure of the health of independents in this town full of big-box chains. Many of these families were part of a community that came together and proved itself after Hurricane Charley.

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