ASHEVILLE – Addissae Ethiopian Restaurant, Asheville’s first and long-awaited Ethiopian restaurant, has announced it will not reopen.
The restaurant’s owners, Neeraj Kebede and his wife Vicki Schomer, announced the closure on social media May 20.
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“We are heartbroken to announce that Addissae Ethiopian Restaurant will not be reopening,” the post reads. “These past 5 years as a part of the Asheville community and with all of you as a part of our Addissae family have touched our hearts in ways we never could have expected.”
Kebede and Schomer indicated in the post that, although the restaurant itself had been doing well, their ages and the COVID-19 crisis were the primary factors in the decision to close.
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The restaurant is for sale through broker Carla Barnard, according to the post.
“She has held our hands in making this very difficult decision,” Kebede and Schomer said. “Serving you has been our joy, and we will miss seeing your faces come through our door.”
Mackensy Lunsford has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years, and has been a staff writer for the Asheville Citizen Times since 2012. Lunsford is a former professional line cook and one-time restaurant owner.
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