Lencho Jarso and his wife, Dermi, reopened Savoy Patio Bar, 526 South Front St., Mankato, MN, and they are bringing more focus to the restaurant end of the business.
Fans of Ethiopian food have more chances to enjoy it as the Savoy Patio Bar is putting more focus on food after its reopening earlier this year.
Lencho Jarso and his wife, Dermi, who own and operate the downtown venue, brought Ethiopian food to Mankato years ago when they ran the Nile Cafe on Madison Avenue hill. After that venture they opened Savoy downtown, but the Ethiopian food was less prominent as they focused on the college-age bar crowds.
But after heavy rains and flooding caused damage, the bar was closed for a time and later reopened with a new manager and a new name — Moonshiners. The Jarsos reopened this year as the Savoy, 526 South Front St., and are bringing more focus to the restaurant end of the business.
“We’re aiming more as a restaurant and targeting professionals and others,” Lencho Jarso said. “Everyone is chasing college students. Downtown is changing, with more offices and people working here, and there are many, many more international students at MSU.”
Savoy Patio Bar
The rear deck offers a quiet outdoor experience. “It’s a nice, private patio. People like that they can sit and converse and eat.”
The Ethiopian menu is available Thursday through Sunday and the Savoy also has a menu all week that features American and Greek food with an emphasis on gyros.
While the restaurant business is a focus, they still cater to the college bar crowd, including with a two-for-one gyro special from 9 pm.-2 a.m.