by Paul Bowers
Few restaurant owners are as beloved by College of Charleston students as Maudell "Dell" Grayson. In her tiny storefront kitchen at King and Cannon streets, the Kansas City native serves up hearty wraps like the Hummer (a vegan option with black bean hummus) and the Beach Bum (made with local mahi and shrimp), keeping student-friendly late-night hours and letting satisfied customers sign their names on the wall in Sharpie. To eat at Dell'z is to feel at home. So in October, when Dell's ex-boyfriend allegedly jumped on her and stabbed her in the arm nine times, folks rallied behind her, flooding her family with encouraging messages and organizing a charity music and poetry night to raise money for her medical bills. One week after the attack, Dell was back behind the counter. The suspect was eventually arrested and charged with the attack after hitchhiking his way to Las Vegas, but Dell expressed no bitterness. "I've got no hate inside me," she said. Classic Dell.
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