The home of the one pound hot dog is the heart of the Northeast Durham community.
The doors are always open at Joe’s Diner. The restaurant’s famous “Bull Burger” sizzles on the grill. Voices praise the chef.
As customers enjoy their meals, the diner’s owner, Joseph Bushfan, walks around giving thumbs up.
“I started the business in this community because it reminded [me] of my hometown,” said Bushfan, who is from Roxbury, Massachusetts. He opened Joe’s Diner in October 2007 at the corner of Angier Drive and Driver Street.
“In order to have a successful business, surround yourself with a strong team,” said Bushfan, who was a celebrity bodyguard for Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Beyonce, Jay-Z, and other entertainers.
During Thanksgiving and Christmas, Bushfan feeds families who cannot afford meals.
“Joe’s Diner has impacted this community by creating jobs, and opportunities for the community to network,” said Macklin Bushfan, the co-owner of Joe’s Diner.
Joe Bushfan plans to expand his businesses nationally.
“If everyone can be on the same page to improve this community, we can get a lot done,” he said.