Justice For Saba: Saba Ethiopian Cuisine VS Alchemy Real Estate & Isola Homes

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Justice For Saba: Black Owned Business VS Gentrifying Developer 

We, the community, called on Alchemy Real Estate (Centric Partners, LLC) to protect Saba Ethiopian Cuisine (A Black-owned business of 20 years) to protect it from eviction due to gentrification. 

But instead, Alchemy Real Estate (Centric Partners, LLC), viciously evicted the restaurant. Prior to the eviction, they meet with the owner, who has since passed due to cancer (that they were aware of) to verbally abused, berated and yell at her because we spoke out about the injustice people of color are experiencing.

Centric Partners (owned by Alchemy Real Estate & Isola Homes) tried to partner with NAACP. They lied about their intentions then evicted Saba and discriminated against her by not evicting her male Asian neighbor who's lease expired a year prior. 

Saba Ethiopian Cuisine had been in business for close to 20 years. It is also a second home to many and the owner, a second mother. The owner, my mother, Workie Wubushet, for close to two decades, has supported nonprofits, donated food and provided gathering space where everyone is welcomed.

Saba was not just a restaurant that is famous for its delicious food. To many, it was a place of love.

The current building owner sold the building where the restaurant has been located for more than 20 years. The sale price was $5.5 million! The new owner, Centric Partners, LLC will demolish the building and now has evicted yet another immigrant-owned small business and adding yet further to the gentrification of our community. 

We call on the current owner to negotiate a settlement that protects Saba Ethiopian Cuisine legacy and remediate damages caused. 

We stand united in protecting Saba Ethiopian Cuisine, along with all immigrant-owned small businesses that are facing eviction, privilege abuse and gentrification in our city!

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Before the Seattle Office of Civil Rights: Saba Ethiopian Cuisine VS Alchemy Real Estate & Isola Homes