Born in Ethiopia from parents of Eritrean descent, Makina Cafe founder Eden G. Egziabher was raised amidst a vibrant mix of Ethiopian, Eritrean and Italian cultures. It’s no coincidence that “Makina” translates to “truck” in all three of these countries’ languages, whose cultures combine to create the mosaic of flavors found on the mobile cafe’s menu.
Eden prides herself on being the first Eritrean-American female entrepreneur in NYC with a food truck serving “Habesha” food. Used as a term of pride, the word “Habesha” is used to eliminate the distinction between different tribes of Eritrea and Ethiopia and celebrates the unity of people of the same region.
Tasty, healthy, nutritious and something quite unique, Makina Cafe serves up breakfast and lunch to New Yorkers that are tired of the same old take-out options. You can follow Makina Cafe (@makinacafe) on all major social media outlets to find the trucks' location each day.
In the future, Eden hopes to bring the Makina experience to other parts of the US and use Makina Cafe as a charitable platform that gives back to the community.
Good Morning America Features Makina Cafe
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation released a new report that found regulatory burdens and high costs make running a food truck tougher than it appears for many entrepreneurs. ABC's Good Morning America, interviews Eden G. Egziabher on what it takes to operate a successful Food Truck.
New York City’s First Ethiopian Food Truck
Food truck culture in New York City is booming. Eden Gebre-Egziabher is capitalizing on both her passion for cooking and the lack of Ethiopian/Eritrean mobility in the city. She launched the first and only currently operating Ethiopian/Eritrean food truck in the city six months ago. Here she shares a little bit about herself and the food she so passionately cares about.
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Makina Cafe was featured in this article from Time Out NY.