Waleed Abu-Manneh’s smiling face is an enduring presence behind the counter of his popular Meridian Rd. N.E. eatery.

Having opened Shawarma Barlow a little over a year ago, its success has led to a second location on 17 Ave. S.W. to open its doors this week.

This comes with the customary long hours small business owners endure to chase their dream — which in Abu-Manneh’s case means manning the counter instead of bringing on workers he can’t afford to hire.