4

Ethiopian Famous Restaurant & Coffee Moves Out of Convenience Mart and Into Its Own Digs

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

See also: Ethiopian Famous Restaurant & Coffee's Oddball Location Belies the Treats Inside

Abebech Ejersa was beaming when I popped in her new place at 4111 East McDowell Road in Phoenix on Sunday.

"I couldn't have done it without all the wonderful people who came to visit me," she said.

Ejersa, chef and owner of Ethiopian Famous Restaurant & Coffee, was celebrating the first day at her restaurant's new location. A big move considering just last September the only Ethiopian restaurant in Phoenix was tucked behind a curtain at the back of a convenience store on 16th and Roosevelt.

And Ejersa, who moved to the United States four years ago after running her own restaurant in Ethiopia, is planning a grand opening party to celebrate.

Ejersa has kept her small offering of vegetarian and non-vegetarian traditional Ethiopian favorites served on trays covered with injera. Wat platters are the go-to dish, but there are also hot bowls of fragrant yebeg tibs (lamb marinated in garlic and rosemary) and kaywot yesiga (cubed beef with a slightly Southwestern flavor).

Ethiopian Famous Restaurant's new interior is larger and has been redecorated. The walls are painted the same bright plum as the original, there are tables and chairs as well as the traditional basket tables called mesobs, and Ejersa has kept a space reserved for her Ethiopian coffee ceremony -- a ritualized form of making and drinking coffee and one I would highly recommend experiencing.

Ethiopian Famous Restaurant & Coffee is now open for business and Ejersa tells me she will be celebrating her grand opening on Saturday, September 15. Call the restaurant for details.

Ethiopian Famous Restaurant & Coffee 4111 East McDowell Road 602-275-5663 Hours: Daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. www.ethiopianfamousrestaurantandcoffee.com


Follow Chow Bella on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.