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Abe Dabaghi

Abe Dabaghi (1895-??) was one of the founders, and later the sole proprietor, of the Café Raven. The Raven was located on the south side of The Square and became a Huntsville institution during its thirty-nine years of operation (1930-1969). Originally from Lebanon, Dabaghi immigrated with his family to Mexico where he lived for several years before coming to Texas in 1917. In 1930 Dabaghi, along with partners Fred Morris (who later established another Huntsville institution, the Café Texan, on the west side of the Square in 1936) and Stuart Nemir, Sr. opened the Café Raven. The Café Raven laid claim to several "firsts" in HUntsville; the first private dining room for any restaurant in Huntsville, the first air conditioned restaurant, and the first neon sign between Houston and Dallas. Dabaghi also owned and operated the OTC Restaurant, The Huntsville Home Bakery and the Bus Stop Restaurant.