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A top-down image of various dishes from Moyo Kitchen, which serves Somali-Kenyan-Tanzanian fusion food.
Spice Bridge will feature food from Ethiopian, Cambodian, Congolese, and other cuisines.
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New Tukwila Food Hall Opens Tuesday, Featuring Immigrant and Refugee Businesses

Food Innovation Network’s Spice Bridge will open in Tukwila Village September 8

It’s a common refrain among restaurant owners: Seattle-area rents are expensive — often prohibitively so. That reality puts an even heavier burden on would-be restaurant owners in lower income brackets, especially immigrants and refugees — two populations for whom restaurant ownership has long been a way to gain a toehold in their new home.

Food Innovation Network (a program of the nonprofit Global to Local) works to give these businesses a leg up through its Food Business Incubator Program, which provides rent subsidies, permit assistance, marketing guidance, and more. The organization is launching a new arm of its program next Tuesday, September 8, in Spice Bridge, a “global food hall” inside the Tukwila Village development.

Spice Bridge will open initially with four food stalls; four more are coming October 1. When it’s realized in its entirety, the Spice Bridge project will span 2,800-square-feet, including a commercial kitchen with four cook stations, four food retail stalls, and a community dining area. All told, the project will be able to accommodate a maximum of 20 businesses renting kiosks in the main dining area, and catering and farmers market vendors operating out of the commercial kitchen.

For now, there won’t be any indoor dining, pandemic realities being what they are. But the food hall has outdoor dining and takeout options.

Here are the first four businesses scheduled to open September 8.

Moyo Kitchen

Specializing in a fusion of Somali-Kenyan-Tanzanian cuisines, Moyo Kitchen will serve sambusa (fried pastries filled with meat and vegetables); okra stew; cornbread with kale stew; a main dish of bone-in fish, served fried, curried, or baked; shish kebabs; and chai tea.

Mwana Moyo and Batulo Nuh of Moyo Kitchen standing behind a table with some of their Somali-Kenyan-Tanzanian dishes.
Mwana Moyo and Batulo Nuh of Moyo Kitchen, which will serve Somali-Kenyan-Tanzanian fusion.
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This Argentinian-owned bakery will sell a variety of sweet and savory pastries, including beef, chicken, and vegetable empanadas; flan; cookies; and rotating specials like Argentinian pizza and an asado plate piled with an empanada, chorizo, beef ribs potato salad, and bread. There are also chicken, beef, and cactus paddle sandwiches topped with either pizza sauce or chimichurri.

A stack of alfajores, a type of sandwich cookie.
Alfajores, a type of sandwich cookie, will be on the menu at Seatango.
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Taste of Congo

Congolese dishes are front and center: beef or chicken stew; grilled bone-in goat; fried tilapia; mayonnaise-covered, grilled half-chicken; fried plantains; boiled fermented cassava; and beignets.

A top-down image of various dishes from Taste of Congo
Taste of Congo will serve an array of Congolese dishes.
Denise Miller/Global to Local

Afella Jollof Catering

Gambian and Senegalese food will make up the menu at Afella Jollof Catering. Dishes will include peanut stew, samosas, okra soup, and beignets, washed down with hibiscus juice, ginger juice, or herbal tea.

A top-down image of Gambian and Senagalese dishes from Afella Jollof Catering
A selection of Gambian and Senegalese dishes at Afella Jollof Catering.
Denise Miller/Global to Local

And these are coming October 1:


Theary’s Cambodian dishes will range from som law ma hew kroeung (tamarind-lemongrass soup) and bi cha kroeung poong tia (Khmer-spiced fried rice with a crispy fried egg), to slabb monn bouwk (stuffed chicken wings wrapped in bacon), and a burger topped with chicken pate and mango salad. Diners scan customize every dish’s spice level with homemade chili oil.


Organic and locally grown ingredients will take center stage in Afghan dishes at Jazze’s. Menu options will include lobia (Afghan red beans served with rice and salad); burani kadu (squash cooked in tomato sauce, topped with garlic yogurt, and served with warm bread or rice and salad); overnight-marinated cilantro chicken; and cauliflower cooked in a tomato-turmeric sauce and served with warm bread and salad.


Branding itself as Ethiopian-American cuisine, Wuha will have both Ethiopian dishes as well as American dishes laced with East African spices — aiming to offer a gateway to the cuisine for the uninitiated. There will be a black lentil veggie sandwich, Ethiopian beef curry sauce with injera, ground split peas and collard greens in a flatbread roll, and Ethiopian-style stuffed jalapenos.

Wengay’s Kitchen

Filipino food will be the focus at Wengay’s Kitchen, which will serve dishes like chicken, beef, or vegetable lumpia; pancit bihon, thin stir-fried noodles with vegetables; beef kaldereta, a hearty tomato-based stew with potatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and olives; and ube ensaymada, a sweet bun filled with ube jam and covered with butter, sugar, and cheese.