- 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.
Refugees opening east African restaurant in Detroit's New Center
- In addition to serving African pilau rice and fried goat, Baobab Fare will be staffed, in part, by fellow refugees and feature a small retail area promoting their wares. It will function as a breakfast and lunch restaurant but act as an informal embassy for the owners’ native Burundi and for displaced persons everywhere.
Our future home
- The restaurant will offer both breakfast and lunch. In the mornings, diners can expect options like flat bread, beef stew, omelets, eggs, and East African teas and coffees. Lunch service will feature options like coconut rice, goat, chicken and skewered meats, as well as plantains, fried sweet potatoes, and cassava. Mamba notes that the restaurant will serve plenty of vegan options. “This is a place where everyone can feel like they’re having something to eat,” he says.