Family-style meals also harken back to the chef's memories of Ethiopia. "The idea of a family table is that people eat based on their size and needs, so nothing is wasted," Aseged says. The concept of ordering the right portions for a group is also a way for guests -- especially families -- to save money.
Many of the ingredients for his dishes will be grown in a community garden located across the street from the restaurant. In his first menu, for example, Aseged is using peas, chard, kale and green onions grown there. He plans to use the garden even more during the summer.
Aseged has been working to improve the Bayview neighborhood for years, organizing nonprofits and volunteering to work on this community garden long before his restaurant opened. "I'm moving into a neighborhood that needs more healthy [food] alternatives, and I'm excited to offer them," Aseged says.
Radio Africa & Kitchen is hosting its opening-night party on Wednesday, March 7, at 5 p.m. with food, drinks, and live music. Reservations, which are required, can be made by phone 415-420-2486.
Radio Africa & Kitchen, 4800 Third St., 420-2486, radioafricakitchen.com.