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Lucy Ethiopian restaurant opens doors in new Riverside space

Lucy Ethiopian, the city's first Ethiopian restaurant, has reopened in its new home in Riverside.

The address is 916 Tonawanda St., but the restaurant's unmarked entrance is around the corner on Crowley Avenue, facing Riverside Park. Inside, the larger dining room will hold twice as many customers as the former spot at Grant and Amherst streets.

It's a soft opening for now, with some construction remaining to create a traditional Ethiopian dining experience, said owner Abba Biya. A grand opening will be set for April.

[Don't get Ethiopian? Here's a primer for beginners to the cuisine, which melds Arabian and African cuisines]

In the meantime, Ethiopian vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes are on offer, as well as house-roasted Ethiopian coffee. For now, the hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. Phone: 597-2305.

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