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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Moya Returns After a Fire, With Expanded Menu and Hours

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

A vegetable combo plate at Moya.  - MOYA
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  • A vegetable combo plate at Moya. 
On May 4, 2011, Moya, a small family-run Ethiopian restaurant at Seventh and Folsom, came upon hard times -- a rampant neighborhood fire that forced a shutdown. An eviction battle followed, forcing proprietor Fana Alemayehu to search for a new location. Almost a year later, Eater reports that Moya has reopened with a revamped menu and a new style of service, but with many of the same Ethiopian recipes that garnered its first incarnation a loyal following.

"We are so happy to be working," says Alemayehu. Although it's only been a few days, she says that business is "very good." Moya is now open through breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers a host of options for all diners, including vegans and vegetarians. There are many non-Ethiopian options too, such as homemade lasagna, soups, and sandwiches. "We want to accommodate everybody," Alemayehu says.

The current location, at Ninth and Mission, is in a brand-new building. "We wanted to stay in South of Market because we have a lot of followers in the area," says Alemayehu. Initially the idea was to open a coffee shop, but Alemayehu changed her mind when she realized that "people were waiting for us to bring them the Ethiopian food they love."

Moya's fans have already returned for their old favorites, such as doro wat (chicken stew), kitfo (Ethiopian-style steak tartare), and injera (Ethiopian flatbread). "We love to see them back," Alemayehu says of her customers. "They are very, very happy."

Moya: 121 Ninth St. (at Mission), 431-5544.

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