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Mo’s Best Eatery owner seeks financial help for health issue

Mo Zaben in a file photo at the now-closed Arlington location of Mo’s Best Eatery. Zaben is planning to open a Mansfield location, but his respiratory-health problems have led to months of delay.
Mo Zaben in a file photo at the now-closed Arlington location of Mo’s Best Eatery. Zaben is planning to open a Mansfield location, but his respiratory-health problems have led to months of delay. Star-Telegram archives

Around the beginning of March 2016, Mo Zaben the owner of Mo’s Best Eatery in Arlington, closed his tiny Little Road restaurant because of an expired lease. It wasn’t in the greatest location, anyway, but people still found it and praised its pastrami sandwich and its burgers. Not to mention its “Northeast”-style pizza and its Mediterranean dishes.

The plan was to open a new location by the end of April on Mansfield’s Debbie Lane. But Zaben has had health problems that have prevented him from opening on schedule. Not long after the Arlington closure, Zaben posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page that he had developed fluid in his lungs and had to be hospitalized.

The next post was in July, when Zaben announced that he has recurring pneumonia that delayed the opening further. “I don't know when opening day will be,” Zaben wrote. “I have to get healthy before I can think about opening. It’s the worst when I get sick and have to close for days until I feel better so I'm trying to avoid that.”

Now Zaben, who has “really bad asthma” to go along with his chronic pneumonia, is seeking financial help. He has started a GoFundMe page soliciting contributions to help pay for a bronchial thermoplasty, a procedure that will, along with injections of a drug called Xolair, reduce his hospital visits from once a month to once a year, according to Zaben

The bronchial thermoplasty and the Xolair injections aren’t covered by insurance, so Zaben, on a page titled “Help me breathe again,” is asking for help.

“[My condition] stops me from doing everyday things,” Zaben writes on the page. “With the procedure and injections it will reduce my time in the hospital and stay focused on my business.”

Zaben’s goal is $60,000. If you wish to donate, go here.

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