By Joe Nocco — Ayoub, Moe and Mike Abeed are three Palestinian brothers originally from Israel’s West Bank who moved to Champaign in 2005. In 2006, they opened Big J J Fish and Chicken at the corner of Market and Neil streets near Bristol Place. Since then, with Ayoub as the chef, Moe as the cashier and Mike as the businessman, the brothers have served up food with a side of personality and respect to keep customers coming back.
This project is the culmination of 15 University of Illinois students’ work during fall 2012 as part of the multimedia reporting course taught by Professor Charles “Stretch” Ledford. The students followed their subjects and reported on their lives throughout the Champaign’s decision-making about the fate of the Bristol Place neighborhood. The students did not aim to include this in their reporting, however. They simply wanted to tell the tales of the neighborhood’s residents. To read more, visit Bristol Place Speaks.