West African entrepreneur, Mohammed Agbodjogbe, has announced the grand opening of the flagship location for a new chain of restaurants aiming to popularize Senegalese cuisine. On May 7 Nailah’s Kitchen, named after his daughter, is slated to open its doors at 5722 York Rd. with casual & carryout offerings for breakfast, lunch & dinner. The menu will feature authentic Senegalese favorites like the national dish Thiebou Djeun (stewed fish), shawarma wraps with regional spices and even American classics like rotisserie chicken and oven-baked pizza.
This new eatery will actually be two restaurants in one with a fine dining portion opening to the public the following month in June. The fine dining side will feature upscale versions of traditional and contemporary Senegalese cuisine along with a full “juice bar” serving up fresh-squeezed West African drinks, and a stage for live Senegalese music and performance.
Not only do we aim to bring the taste of Senegal to Baltimore and beyond, but we want to help improve the communities we are part of…
Nailah’s Kitchen is the face of a larger effort by Mohammed’s real estate development company, Nine Jewels, to begin revitalizing buildings on neglected blocks of Baltimore. Working with Curry Architects, Baltimore Development Corporation and the Downtown Partnership, this effort will begin with 400 N. Howard which will transform a building that has been abandoned for nearly 20 years into a 15,000 sq. ft. showcase restoration, multi-use project. It will feature 3 floors of amenity-rich modern apartment units nested above a street level cafe & farmer’s market.
To round out this multi-pronged strategy, 25 percent of the profits from these projects will be donated to ASA Foundation (asafoundationmd.org), a non-profit focused on the education and empowerment of underprivileged youths. “Not only do we aim to bring the taste of Senegal to Baltimore and beyond, but we want to help improve the communities we are part of,” said Mohammed. “I’m very fortunate to be in a position to do this. I’ve found a home in Baltimore and want to use every resource to make that home a better place to live, and visit.”
Nailah’s Kitchen has been operating from a temporary location at 327 Eutaw Street for the past year, but will be closing its doors on May 6 to open on York road. Current customers that may be disappointed by the move can rest easy knowing that another location will be opening up one block away at 306 N. Howard Street in a few months.
Online ordering for carryout and neighborhood delivery will be available within two weeks of opening. All information and updates can be found at nailahskitchen.com.