Ye Ethiopian Restaurant fills the 4,000-square-foot space previously occupied by It’s A Wrap Health Food & Fitness Bar, with more than a dozen tables and booths beside a bar.
By Mabel Suen (Ladue News) |
ST. LOUIS, Mo.― Ye Ethiopian Restaurant, which debuted in November east of the Delmar Loop, features a traditional East African menu with beef, lamb, chicken and vegetarian options served with fresh injera – a sourdough-risen flatbread meant to be torn into pieces and used to scoop food.
The venture comes from chef-owner Teddy Argaw. In 2009, the Ethiopian native was operating a similar venture in the metro area called Selam Ethiopian Restaurant, which he sold after three years. Subsequently, Teddy opened this new restaurant, named after a moniker of his brother, Naty, who now lends a hand in the business behind the scenes.
“This is a family-oriented restaurant,” Teddy says. “We welcome anybody that wants to try Ethiopian food. I love cooking and making sure the customers love it.”
Ye Ethiopian Restaurant fills the 4,000-square-foot space previously occupied by It’s A Wrap Health Food & Fitness Bar, with more than a dozen tables and booths beside a bar. The logo and interior feature the primary colors of the Ethiopian flag, green, yellow and red.
In the kitchen, Teddy cooks with kibe, spiced, clarified butter with such flavorings as Ethiopian-grown chilies, ginger, garlic, onions, basil, bishop’s weed (which resembles thyme) and powder of ensete plants (which resemble banana trees). It almost goes without saying that enjoying any of his dishes would make a fine culinary prelude to attending a performance of Fences from The St. Louis Black Repertory.
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