Ezo African Restaurant: A Letter from Portland, Maine

By Terry Farish

…A restaurant in Portland links African refugees with their past and Maine with its future. Here’s an article I wrote some years ago.  Ezo is now replaced by Asmara Restaurant.  This story is replayed today in countless, thriving, American cities

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Regional Review Vol. 13 2003

A Letter from Portland

“Yes, food is so important.” Florence Olebe begins many ideas with a low, melodious “yes.” Her soft-spoken refrain offers the invitation, “come with me, I will bring you into my culture,” a responsibility she feels to the natives in Portland, Maine where she runs the Ezo African Restaurant.

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