Today, however, we’re going lower tech.
Harking back to a time when people gathered around a radio.
At least in spirit...
Welcome Radio Africa & Kitchen, a family-style eatery that’s setting out to recreate the Ethiopian tradition of a village spontaneously assembling under one roof for food, radio music and all-around revelry, opening Thursday on 3rd Street.
You’ve probably attended one of Ethiopian-born chef Eskender Aseged’s pop-ups at Slim’s, at Coffee Bar or even in his backyard over the past seven years. So you’ll know to expect roasted legs of lamb like his mom used to make, the occasional radio broadcasts and a DJ spinning Congolese rumba.
Now, while your trips to Bayview are still few and far between, you’ll want to make an exception for this corner spot. Like at a village gathering, opt for seats at one of two long, 14-seater communal tables made from felled Hawaiian eucalyptus trees.
From there, you’ll navigate a menu that moves between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean and order dishes like saffron prawns with sea urchin harissa or a Kofta Beef Burger.
Soon, you’ll pair your meal with a pint of Bayview neighbor Speakeasy’s Big Daddy IPA on tap, or a spicy red. But for now, you’ll have to bring your own.