Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant Is An Immigrant Dream Come True

The customary Ethiopian and Eritrean charge of the West Park eatery, which was begun by evacuees, is an invite expansion to Cleveland’s food scene. 

Habesha Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant started with aspiration and an energy for food. 

Jamal Musa, an Eritrean evacuee who came to Cleveland via Phoenix, Arizona, about 15 years prior, is a co-proprietor close by his colleagues, Tigist Gebremichael, who is from Ethiopia, and Hiriyti Weldesalsie, who is from Eritrea. 

“We are continually testing in cooking and we like to cook, so the three of us, our fantasy was to claim an eatery,” says Musa. 

As a mediator for exile resettlement office US Together, Musa originally found out about the association’s Microenterprise and Development Program in 2019. The program furnishes evacuees with private venture and monetary education preparing with mentorship and assets to strike out all alone. 

The three co-proprietors, who all live close to West Park, ventured out toward opening the eatery in 2019, testing their idea at ranchers markets in Shaker Heights, Lakewood, Westlake and at the Cleveland Flea. 

At the point when they made the ways for their eat in and takeout café in December, they needed to serve the solace food they prepared with their families while experiencing childhood in the Horn of Africa. 

As the main Ethiopian and Eritrean spot on the West Side, and just the third café of its sort in the Cleveland territory, Habesha is promising. Enthusiasts of the food are attracted to the cooking’s delightful kick, which comes from a customary flavoring mix called berbere, a blend of red chilies, fenugreek and different flavors.