Ethiopian cuisine cooking in Rochester
Halefom "Rico" Dorry is cooking up a plan to add some spice and a new flavor to Rochester's restaurant mix.
Dorry, who grew up in Rochester since he was 14, wants to introduce his hometown to the food and culture of his native Ethiopia by opening a new eatery, The Nile Restaurant.
"This has long been a dream of mine. This is my way of paying Rochester back for raising me to be the person I am," says Dorry.
He hopes to open The Nile in mid- to late September at 2711 Commerce Drive N.W., off of West Circle Drive. That's the former home of The Clay Oven restaurant, which closed in early August.
For those not familiar with Ethiopian cuisine, many of the dishes are variations of a spicy vegetable and meat stew called wat. Wat is usually served with a soft pancake-like bread called injera.
Dorry plans to offer customers who might not be used to the spongy bread a choice of injera or rice to be served with their dishes.
Side dishes often include vegetables like lentils, potatoes and cabbage.
For folks with a less of a taste for international foods, The Nile will also serve a selection of burgers, salads and kabobs.
He plans to open the family-run restaurant will a staff of three.
"I'm really excited to bring a little bit of my culture, a little bit of Ethiopia to Rochester," Dorry says.
Bucky Beeman of Hart-Beeman Real Estate handled the deal.