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Vegan Ethiopian Restaurant to Open in Santa Monica

From popping up at Smorgasburg to working out of The Colony in Santa Monica, T&T Life-style is all set to take on a brick-and-mortar of its very own less than the new name, Berbere. The vegan Ethiopian restaurant will open up later on this summer months in Santa Monica, so get all set to load up on flavorful stews, veggies, and injera!

Berbere was started by a husband and spouse who are both equally Ethiopian immigrants. Chef Tezeta “Tete” Alemayehu does most of the recipe-screening and cooking, though Tsega-Ab “Bicko” Fenta, handles the restaurant functions.

Alemayehu grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, exactly where she was 1st released to plant-based foods. Virtually half of Ethiopia’s inhabitants participates in an practically 200-day fasting period of time that requires abstinence from taking in animal merchandise. Throughout that time, meat, dairy, and eggs are prohibited, so Alemayehu became very well-versed in cooking approaches that make the most of plant-centered substances and flavorful Ethiopian spices.

At age 17, Alemayehu immigrated to the United States and selected to dwell in Los Angeles mainly because it reminded her of household. With a passion for cooking and a drive to share the delicious and nutritious foodstuff of her Ethiopian society, Alemayehu resolved to pursue a profession as a chef. She first attended the New University of Cooking and later graduated from the Los Angeles Trade Specialized Higher education, with a degree in Culinary Arts and Cafe Management—as the only vegan in her class.

Alemayehu’s initially enterprise enterprise in the food stuff scene was the vegan Ethiopian pop-up, T&T Way of living. In the commencing, Alemayehu and her spouse would provide their reliable Ethiopian dishes at farmer’s marketplaces in the location. In 2019, they secured a booth at Smorgasburg in Downtown LA though also functioning out of the West LA shared business kitchen area place, Colony Cooks.

The new location, which is named right after the well known Ethiopian spice, berbere, is set to open later this summer time. The menu will element a wide variety of well-known dishes from T&T Lifestyle—including Alemayehu’s legendary house-produced teff injera and sauces. But with the much larger room and more methods of Berbere in Santa Monica, Alemayehu options to roll out a extra in depth menu with a myriad of new meals to try.

Berbere will open at 510 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, ideal all over the corner from Third Road Promenade and just a couple of blocks from the seaside! To keep up-to-date on the restaurant’s opening, adhere to @berbere.sm on Instagram.