US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a visit of Swahili Village in Washington DC. The restaurant was founded by a Kenyan, Kevin Onyona. Swahili Village opened its first eatery on July 13, 2016 in the historic town of Beltsville, in Maryland. PHOTO | COURTESY

Swahili Village: A taste of Africa in United States of America

The business idea was hatched during the search for a washroom in Maryland. Today, Swahili Village is one of the finest African cuisine restaurants in the US.

Kevin Onyona founded the chain in 2016, and today it boasts of three restaurants.

“I took my family out for dinner but the restaurant didn’t have a decent washroom. We left for another restaurant where we could use a clean restroom,” he told The EastAfrican last week in Washington DC.

“I wondered why the restaurant didn’t have decent restroom.”

At that time Onyona, who is a self-taught chef, was a sales executive at the Home Depot, an American multinational home improvement retail firm.

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