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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Ethiopian restaurant plans to open within the next year in Spokane Valley

A new Ethiopian restaurant is coming to Spokane Valley within the next year.

Property owner Cristin Argaw filed a preliminary application with the city to build Kaffa Ethiopian Cafe at 19017 E. Appleway Ave.

Argaw’s plans are to open the establishment this fall as a coffee shop with a drive-thru, which will serve Ethiopian coffee.

Argaw will continue to build out the space into a restaurant that offers several Ethiopian vegetarian options, with plans to be fully operational by next year.

Kaffa Ethiopian Cafe is Argaw’s first restaurant, which she will operate with her sister-in-law, who’s from Ethiopia.

“I’ve worked in the food industry and always wanted to open a restaurant, but wasn’t sure what I was going to do,” she said. “My sister-in-law had always dreamed of opening an Ethiopian restaurant, so we pooled our talents and decided to open (Kaffa Ethiopian Cafe).”

They looked at potential locations in Liberty Lake, north Spokane and Post Falls, but Spokane Valley is where they ultimately wanted to open the restaurant.

“I want to bring something new to the Valley,” Argaw said. “There’s a lot of people moving here and there’s a lot of growth. I wanted to bring something different that people will hopefully really enjoy.”