Friends! We did it! We did it! It would not have been possible without all of you. Thank you, and thank God, for this opportunity. We are growing Detroit together! Imana ninziza that is kirundi! Features about the contest: Refugee-run restaurant Baobab Fare wins $50K in […]
Metro Times Feature: Meet the two refugees planning an East African restaurant on Detroit’s east side
Thank you to the Detroit Metro Times for this awesome feature! Below is just a preview, find the entire article here. In 2013, as political violence in Burundi grew, the Tutsi minority suffered persecution under the Hutu-led government, and hundreds of thousands of Burundians fled […]
Join us an evening of delicious cuisine from Baobab Fare! We have made it into the top 4 of the Hatch Detroit contest (THANK YOU!) and we’d like to invite you to come try our food! Enjoy a delicious spread of East African food and drink, meet the staff, and cast your vote for Baobab Fare at our electronic voting kiosk!
Location: Brooklyn Street Local (1266 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226)
Time: 6 – 9 PM
Cost: $10 suggested donation
RICE PILAO (spiced rice with beef and veggies)
BURUNDIAN YELLOW BEANS
AFRICAN VEGETABLE STEW
SPINACH WITH PEANUTS
MARINATED CHICKEN AND ONION
SERVED WITH BOILED AND FRIED PLANTAINS
All this and more for $10! No tickets necessary.
Baobab is competing for $50,000 from Comerica Bank and more than $200,000 in pro bono support from Hatch Detroit and its partners. Vote now until Friday, August 25, 2017, at noon to help determine who will take part in the head-to-head “Hatch Off” pitch competition.
Thanks again and see you soon!
Baobab Fare is owned and operated by Nadia Nijimbere and Hamissi Mamba, a wife and husband team that came to the United States from Burundi within the last couple of years, yearning to start a new life by taking advantage of the business opportunities in Detroit. More than just a restaurant and market, Baobab will serve as a safe space for other immigrants and Detroiters alike, knowing that it is a meeting place where all are welcomed and embraced. Baobab will help to fill a gap as it relates to African fare and culture in the city.
Baobab Fare’s mission to present a taste and feel of East Africa will be reflected by the staff’s cultural awareness and personal background. It is the intention of Baobab Fare to rely on our close friends at Freedom House, a temporary home for indigent survivors of persecution from around the world who are seeking asylum, to fulfill staffing needs. By offering employment to former residents of Freedom House, we will be providing the promise of opportunity to new Americans excited to contribute to their community.
“We have to bring Baobab Fare to Detroit, it is a responsibility. In an effort to encourage enrichment of the city through immigration from international countries, we have to be attractive to all. If Detroit wants to be a major international player in the world as a tourist attraction and livable destination, we need to have interesting and diverse options for all activities. Other big cities, for example, have all types of food. In New York, you can find Chinese food next to an Indian restaurant across from a pizza parlor next door to a Jewish deli. Detroit is going to be like that, it can be like that, as long as we make it happen. And, the first step for me is bringing an African restaurant to Detroit. That’s diversity,” explains Hamissi Mamba.
Baobab is competing for $50,000 from Comerica Bank and more than $200,000 in pro bono support from Hatch Detroit and its partners. Vote now until Friday, August 25, 2017, at noon to help determine who will take part in the head-to-head “Hatch Off” pitch competition. […]
Baobab is competing for $50,000 from Comerica Bank and more than $200,000 in pro bono support from Hatch Detroit and its partners. Vote now until Thursday, August 17, 2017, and the four finalists will be announced Friday, August 18, 2017. VOTE HERE In-person voting can […]
At Baobab, customers will be warmly welcomed to simply shop for items or indulge in a meal prepared with care by Nadia Nijimbere, Hamissi Mamba, and their staff. In the restaurant, breakfast, lunch and dinner menus will feature East African food items like capati, coconut rice, yellow beans, pilao rice, salted fish, cassava leaf, and plantains. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices will be prepared to order with great attention to dietary needs. In the shop, retail products such as herbs, spices, produce, fresh meat, or other groceries will be available for purchase.
Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere are excited to share their culture with their Detroit community. Not only will Baobab serve as a place to eat and purchase East African fare, but it will also serve as a space to learn about the cultural traditions of that region.