ASHEVILLE – The wait is (almost) over. Asheville diners have long asked for an Ethiopian restaurant, and they’re about to get it in Addissae. The traditional Ethiopian restaurant, Asheville’s first, is finally approaching its final inspection date, and could open as early as next week.
That’s according to Neeraj Kebede, who will open the restaurant with his wife Vicki Schomer at 48 Commerce Street. Firestorm Cafe was the last tenant at that site.
“Hopefully by next week, we will have the inspections done,” said Kebede. “I’m just projecting and hoping that nothing is wrong; sometimes they might ask you to redo things.”
The desire for Ethiopian food runs strong locally, Schomer said earlier this year. “It’s probably not a bad thing, but Neeraj gets phone calls every other day for reservations,” she said. “Just from our Facebook page and people wanting it so bad.”
If the project seems like it’s taking a while, the wait has seemed even longer for Kebede and Schomer. “Well, we were talking about this for many years,” said Kebede, laughing. “And we’ve been fixing it up slowly.”
Since the Addissae team have been meticulous with their renovations of the former coffeehouse and bookstore, they’re projecting a smooth inspection process.
source: citizen times