Three siblings want to bring the Ethiopian coffee experience to Baltimore Ave

February 13, 2020

Three siblings hope to open an Ethiopian coffee shop on the southwest corner of 42nd and Baltimore.

The trio, whose family is from Ethiopia, presented their plan to the Spruce Hill Community Association zoning committee on Monday. The proposal requires a special exception to put a coffee shop in the vacant storefront at 500 S. 42nd Street.

“Our goal is to really showcase our heritage,” said Tigist Hailu, who will open the shop along with her brothers. “One thing we feel is really missing in the neighborhood is the Ethiopian coffee ceremony.”

The proposal will go to the Zoning Board of Adjustment in April and, if approved, interior innovations will begin shortly after.

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Ronny W Says:

    Ethiopia, the birthplace of the coffee bean.

    I love this idea and can’t wait to try it.

  2. Gina Says:

    This is wonderful. Can’t wait

  3. Livia Says:

    I’m excited for this new place. I hope they get approval.

    Any word on the Ethiopian cafe coming to The 5100 block of Baltimore Ave in the storefront that used to be Jamie Gauthier’s campaign headquarters? They’ve already changed the planned name at least once.

  4. Nick Lai Says:

    I smell as collaboration with Swirl Café!!!!

    you bring the coffee, I will bring the cream and high-fructose corn syrup.


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