“Mama” closes coffee kiosk on 23rd, citing disruptive road construction

The long road construction project on 23rd Avenue has been been too much for one small business owner — "Mama's" announced its closure this week.
May 26, 2016
Berhane Amanuel, owner of East Africa Imports (and restaurant) stands inside his Seattle restaurant. His store can be seen through the arches at top. East Africa Imports is a tiny little story and eatery in The Promenade, a shopping center in the Central District. It was opened in 2002 by Amanuel and his Central District native wife and they put 100k+ into adding a restaurant about 5/6 yrs ago. They recently found out that Vulcan plans to demolish/develop the shopping center meaning they'll have to move and may not be able to afford to open a restaurant again.

Ethiopian entrepreneur says he’ll lose big in Central District redevelopment

The owner of East African Imports and Restaurant at 23rd and Jackson says he stands to lose big when Vulcan Real Estate redevelops the property.
Mar 11, 2016

23rd Ave construction has immigrant-owned businesses on the brink

Central District businesses suffering during 23rd Ave Construction are hungry for financial help promised by the city. But some say it's too little, too late.

Vulcan just bought a major Central District shopping center for redevelopment

Construction on Promenade 23, located at 23rd and Jackson, would start in mid- to late-2017.
Feb 18, 2016

Catfish Corner reborn near Rainier Beach Link station

Terrell Jackson, grandson of the original owners of Catfish Corner, is selling his family’s legendary fried catfish, hush puppies, fries, and tartar sauce out of a tent near the Rainier Beach Link light rail station.
May 7, 2015