St. Yared Ethiopian Cuisine & Coffeehaus expands with food truck


Patrons of St. Yared Ethiopian Cuisine & Coffeehaus, 11210 Fall Creek Rd., may notice a large, colorful food truck in the parking lot.

Owner Etenesh Abebe and her husband, Haile, bought the food truck in June 2018 and have been working ever since on some mechanical issues. The truck still needs a few fixes in its internal kitchen operations, and then it will be sound to travel.

The reason why we decided to add a food and coffee truck dimension to our business is so that we can reach out and serve the people of Hamilton County,” Etenesh said. “Primarily, we are especially interested in serving the retirement home communities, but over time, we hope to take part in festivities at churches, schools, the Marina, farmer’s markets, weddings and neighborhoods.”

The Abebes plan to get the truck on the road at the end of April or early May. The truck will offer Ethiopian cuisine and coffee, with a smaller version of the menu at its Geist restaurant, which opened in September 2013.

“We do not plan to join a caravan of food trucks and sell ‘food truck food.’  Instead, as is the case in our restaurant, we are guided by the idea that the guest/customer we do not know may be Jesus Christ,” Etenesh said. “Accordingly, the food we will have on our food truck will be exactly the same not only in our house in Fishers but also exactly like that of our families who live in the Christian heartland of Ethiopia.  Ours is a personalized service where we hope to provide a little spice, adventure, experience and something wonderfully different to our fellow citizens.”

The Abebes also are exploring the option of opening up a second café in the Fortville area in the future. For more, visit


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