Atlanta Orders In: Despite pandemic, Ethiopian couple opens new Stone Mountain restaurant

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Atlanta Orders In: Despite pandemic, Ethiopian couple opens new Stone Mountain restaurant

A takeout feast from Tigi’s Cafe & Food Truck in Stone Mountain: cabbage salad; teff injera; sambusas; beef tibs with collards and yellow split chickpeas; and a vegan sampler with tofu, split lentils in berbere sauce and brown lentils. CONTRIBUTED BY WENDELL BROCK

Credit: Wendell BrockAtlanta Restaurant Blog | 20 hours agoBy Wendell Brock, For the AJC

On his third day in the United States, Bellete Tessema visited the World Trade Center at the tip of Manhattan. It was 1990, and Tessema, a newcomer from Ethiopia, peered up at the magnificent Twin Towers and thought, “The sky is the limit.”

In the three decades since, he’s suffered loss, disappointment, triumph. He’s fallen in love and married, changed career paths, earned a degree from George Washington University, and, most recently, opened a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic. And, yet, he hasn’t lost his sunny outlook.

Tucked inside a sprawling industrial park in Stone Mountain, Tigi’s Cafe & Food Truck debuted in May. A textbook mom-and-pop, named for Tessema’s wife, Tigist Emeru (Tigi for short), the takeout-only, counter-service restaurant is a genuine family affair.

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