Immigrant Chefs: Blue Nile Brings Ethiopian Experience to Metro Detroit

Excerpt: Interested in getting a taste of top-notch Ethiopian cuisine without having to book a plane ticket to Africa? If you happen to be in southeast Michigan, Seifu Lessanework has got you covered; he’s the founder of the Blue Nile family of restaurants, a unique pair of dining establishments based in Ferndale and Ann Arbor dedicated to providing patrons with an authentic Ethiopian experience.

A family business, Blue Nile’s Ferndale location is co-owned by Lessanework and his wife Fetle, while the Ann Arbor operation is owned and managed by his sister Almaz and her husband Habte Dadi. Both establishments offer a wide selection of vegan and meat dishes prepared in the traditional manner of the East African nation.

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