“When Ullys Mouity became a U.S. citizen seven years ago, he said his dream was to open an African restaurant.
Now he and his family have. They opened The Taste of Africa in October on Syracuse’s North Side, in the spot once home to Weber’s Restaurant.
Weber’s, a German restaurant, closed in 2009 after six decades. A soul food place, Sharon’s Bar & Restaurant, operated out of the space at 820 Danforth St. in the interim.
Now the corner restaurant is serving Congolese food – goat or oxtail stews, fried plantains with fiery pili pili sauce, and cassava.
The family-owned business includes Mouity; his wife, Adija Balume; her sister Saida Balume; and his brother, Angeton Mouity.
The sisters are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They came to the United States in 1990 and moved to Syracuse in 1998. The brothers are from Republic of the Congo, a smaller country west of DR Congo. They came to Syracuse in 2005.
The Taste of Africa serves food commonly found in Central and East Africa. In addition to stews, fried fish and rice, the menu also offers cassava, or pondu.
‘This is one of the main sources of foods in the region,’ Ullys Mouity said.”
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