Tag Archives: Menbere Aklilu

Saluté owner Menbe Aklilu and restaurant staff pose with a check for over $13,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief. Photo courtesy of Saluté e Vita Ristorante.

Saluté restaurant owner donates $13,000 to help Hurricane Harvey victims

Menbe Aklilu, owner of the celebrated Saluté e Vita Ristorante in Richmond, made a donation of over $13,000 on behalf of the Richmond community towards Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Andromeda Brooks (top left), Jonny Perez (top right), Menbere Aklilu (bottom left), and Najari Smith (bottom right) are four of Richmonds "Agents of Change" working to improve Richmond's community. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

Agents of Change: Scenes of a city in motion

Old opinions about Richmond often seem set in stone, but at least some of the worst may be on the way out. That’s what we tried to document in “Agents of Change,” a series of...
Menbere Aklilu, owner of the Richmond restaurant Salute E Vita, sits for a photograph at her desk. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

After hard times, restaurant owner warms hearts in Richmond with love

Menbere Aklilu has come a long way. From a struggling single mother, she is now a restaurant owner in Richmond, after moving from her native Ethiopia and a time in Italy. Aklilu hosts an annual...

Marina Bay businesses reporting losses due to Moody Underpass road closure

Eight Marina Bay retail businesses have reported sales losses because of the Officer Bradley A. Moody Memorial Underpass construction road closure of Marina Bay Parkway and are looking to the city for help.