Mount Kisco's restaurant scene heats up with coffee, pizza additions


Two new eateries are coming to Mount Kisco. 

Locali Kitchen + Bar, owned by Mogan Anthony of Village Social (in Mount Kisco and Rye) fame, who's run Locali Pizza Bar + Kitchen in New Canaan for five years, is bringing his same concept, albeit with an expanded menu, to the Mount Kisco train station in the former Via Vanti space at 2 Kirby Plaza.

Construction has started and Anthony is looking at a three to four month timeline for opening.

Meanwhile, Selamawit Tesfaye the owner of Lalibela, an Ethiopian restaurant at 37 S. Moger Ave., plans to open a coffee shop with an Ethiopian focus next door, ideally within the next two months. Yirga will be a community-based space with a focus on healthy products — think fruit and vegetable juices, gluten and vegan items.

Selamawit Tesfaye 
of Lalibela is opening an Ethiopian

Buy PhotoSelamawit Tesfaye of Lalibela is opening an Ethiopian coffee shop. (Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

"I want to make it very comfortable with prepared food products like sandwiches, wraps and salads, as well as all kinds of interesting coffees and teas," said Tesfaye. 

Though a portion of her business will be to-go, she plans to serve Ethiopian coffee the way it's served in Africa in a little pot and small cups. Coffee from other areas, such as Jamaica and the Caribbean, will also be part of the cafe's repertoire. Eventually she'd like to be able to roast coffee and sell beans.

The coffeehouse is named Yirga, she added, for the Ethiopian region known for its coffee. 

Tesfaye said it was always her dream to open a communal-type coffeehouse; she in fact, worked for one long before she opened her restaurant. "Other areas like Armonk, Chappaqua and Katonah have cute independent coffee shops but there's nothing like that in Mount Kisco."

Her new place, at 37 S. Moger, will seat about 25 inside with additional outdoor seating. 


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