Nile Vegan Opens Second Location in Grandview
Just one year after opening its first location near OSU’s campus, Nile Vegan is doubling down with a new restaurant in Grandview.
As a realtor, Siyum Tefera stumbled across their first restaurant at 1479 Worthington St.
“I had to inquire about it,” says Tefera, who is owner and creative director of the restaurant. “I recognized its prime location for a take-out style restaurant and seized the opportunity.”
Thus in October 2019, Nile Vegan was born.
Nile Vegan serves a variety of vegan stews made scratch daily with fresh produced and served over traditional injera, a sour fermented flatbread made with teff, wheat and barley, popular in Ethiopian cuisine.
The vegan combo platters are among the restaurant’s most popular dishes. Combos come in varieties like the Tofu Combo, served with red lentils, curried split peas, and curried veggie medley, or the Chickpea Sauce Combo, served with puy lentils, stewed kale, and curried veggie medley.
“The community has been encouraging from day one,” Tefera says. “We never really knew how we would be received. It is humbling to see people enjoy the meals you enjoy at home with your family.”
While guests were enjoying their meals at home, many still craved an in-person dining experience.
“Since we opened our doors in October 2019, we found more and more people wanted to dine-in rather than ordering carry-out, and given our limited seating at the Campus location, it made sense to remain open to a larger venue with the potential for table service,” Tefera says.
A customer first turned them onto the fact that Red Hook Grill would be closing up shop at 1223 Goodale Blvd. in Grandview.
“Given its prime location, large dining room and liquor license, we could not pass up the opportunity to expand in partnership with Birhan,” Tefera says.
Birhan Ayele will join the team as partner and manager of the Nile Vegan Grandview location.
For now, both Nile Vegan locations will serve the same menu, but Tefera anticipates some changes in the coming months. The Grandview location will also get a list of vegan wines, with the restaurant encouraging customers to share their favorites for consideration.
Nile Vegan’s campus location is open daily from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. for carryout through and delivery through UberEats, Doordash, Grubhub and Postmates.
Nile Vegan’s Grandview location is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m – 10 p.m., and Sunday from 12 – 8 p.m. for dine-in and carryout.
For more information, visit nilevegan.com.