The proposed restaurant — to be called Addissae after Kebede’s mother — will be both a culinary and a cultural venture. Kebede politely says that he is trying to do something “a little different” than Desoto Lounge. In addition to serving traditional Ethiopian dishes — thick stews called wat; savory, marinated meats, or tibs; injera; and tej, honey wine — Kebede wants to create a space rich with his culture. He hopes video, music, arts and crafts will all make an appearance. If he can find a large enough venue, he plans to teach Ethiopian dance classes, which he has done professionally in both the U.S. and India. “It's shoulders, chest, neck mostly,” he explains. “Usually, the way they do back home, is it's all communal stuff.”
If you’d like to know more about the venture, contact Neeraj Kebede at 707-6563 or visit the Addissae Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Addissae.