Muzita Abyssinian Bistro Team Opens Kemmen Eritrean Ethiopian Cuisine In San Diego's North Park

February 2, 2022

The family behind San Diego's Muzita Abyssinian Bistro has opened Kemmen, a fast casual Ethiopian/Eritrean cafe now serving in North Park.

Muzita Abyssinian Bistro is an Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurant opened in 2008 by Abel Woldemichael and his wife Yordanos Tesfamichael. The restaurant is truly a family affair, as Abel's mother Letenegus Araya is the head chef, and the eatery is named after Woldemichael’s sister, Muzit, who became a quadriplegic many years ago from an aneurysm. In 2020, Abel & Yordanos took over the 1,184 square-foot, free-standing former Pizza Hut on the corner of University Avenue and Idaho in San Diego's North Park for the opening of a new concept based around spice and home cooking. 

Dubbed Kemmen, the new sister restaurant is much smaller than Muzita and offers a fast-casual cafe feel. Ownership hopes to concentrate more on take-out options at the new eatery, offering a menu of housemade Ethiopian meals served atop injera - a large spongey pancake-like bread used to scoop up mounds of spicy stews and curries by hand. Expect a variety of handmade stews made with chicken, all natural beef, and New Zealand lamb, as well as desserts, and vegetarian & vegan dishes. 

Kemmen is located at 2786 University Avenue in San Diego's North Park community and is now in its soft opening stage. For more information, visit