Desalegn Sisay, owner of Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar, says that his passion for the restaurant business extends back to his time back home in Ethiopia. His cook also hails from that country.

By Douglas Trattner (Cleveland Scene) |

CLEVELAND, OH―And then there were three.

For 25 years, Cleveland (Ohio State) has had to make do with a single Ethiopian restaurant, the lovely Empress Taytu (6125 St. Clair Ave., 216-391-9400). Last year, that pioneering eatery was joined by Zoma Ethiopian Restaurant, which is quickly making a name for itself in Cleveland Heights (2240 Lee Rd., 216-465-3239). And now we welcome Lucy Restaurant (2218 Broadview Rd., 216-417-2550), an Old Brooklyn restaurant dedicated to the food and drink of Ethiopia.

“We see the Ethiopian community in Cleveland keep growing,” explains owner Desalegn Sisay. “We just established a second church on the west side of Cleveland and we’re seeing a lot of new faces all the time.”

Desalegn, who purchased the building most recently home to Casablanca Bar and Restaurant, says that his passion for the restaurant business extends back to his time back home in Ethiopia. His cook also hails from that country.

Desalegn says that guests to Lucy can expect traditional Ethiopia foods, service and decorations. The cuisine is characterized both by its unique flavors and its communal presentation, a family-style approach with multiple items arriving on a large platter. Vegetable, grain, meat and fish-based stews, some of which are spicy, are scooped up and eaten with small pieces of injera, a spongy flatbread made from fermented teff batter. Silverware is provided for those who prefer it.

Doro wat, perhaps the most familiar dish at Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar, is a spicy chicken-based stew made with berbere, a fiery spice blend.

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