Kabayel and his girlfriend, Demirtas, noticed that there were no Mediterranean restaurants in their Central Richmond neighborhood and they began to dream of opening one of their own.
“Keep Cassava open on Balboa Street” was the name of the GoFundMe campaign started by Yuka Ioroi, the general manager of the Outer Richmond restaurant, Cassava.
Lai says that “99 percent” of his long-time clients, many of whom were initially hesitant to see their friendly local hangout change, are very supportive of the restaurant’s update.
The menu draws inspiration from Melvin’s family roots in New Orleans. One of the first challenges they faced though was how to capture all of the family dishes that had been passed down verbally and “made from the heart and soul.”
Malasa is a Filipino-inspired brunch restaurant nestled inside Crawstation on Ninth Avenue at Judah. Open every weekend from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.