Last summer, Osei and Adwoa Ford-Wuo parked the van they'd used to hawk West African food and picked up a strip mall spot in Aurora, outfitting it with hut-themed decor and turning out a fantastic board of fufu, jollof rice, peanut butter soup and fried plantains.
And now that they have things at African Grill and Bar -- which I reviewed two weeks ago -- running smoothly, they're opening another place just a couple of doors down: African Mart, a market that will sell specialties from all over that continent.
"We don't have a big space for a buffet here," explains Osei Ford-Wuo, "so we're going to make some food and put it over there -- that way, people can buy it and take it." He cites, for example, samosas, other pastries and the kelewele, plantains fried until crisped through and topped with roasted, salted peanuts.
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The market will also stock ingredients sourced from Africa -- like the dried, powdered shrimp used to make the sauce that comes with the jollof rice -- as well as spices and beverages.
Osei says the market will open on Friday.