Afia Grill was Iraqi-owned and served several dishes from that country, including a tasty marinated-chicken dish called bokhari. So while the change in ownership means Iraqi cuisine is now a little harder to find, it also signals the arrival of the city's only Yemeni restaurant.
Don't expect too much right away; the transition is taking place on the fly, and the Yemen Grill does not yet have a printed menu. For now, customers have a choice of lamb or chicken over rice — and there may be a few other specials if you know what to ask for. The lamb is served on the bone as a simple braise, resulting in tender meat without much in the way of additional seasoning. The rice is long-grained and stained shades of yellow and orange; whole peppercorns and cloves add warm spice.
Stop in soon if you don't mind a limited selection, or if you're familiar enough with Yemeni cuisine to ask for dishes by name. Otherwise, a written menu will soon be available to help you navigate through a new cuisine. And while you're out and about, keep an eye out for Libyan food: If you find some, let us know!