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Owners of East Aurora's Medici House opening Theas, an Ethiopian restaurant, next door

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

Named after a type of Ethiopian wolf, Theas will offer Ethiopian cuisine at 634 Main St., in East Aurora.

Opening April 21, it'll be next-door neighbors to Medici House, the former Tantalus, longtime flagship of East Aurora restaurateurs Laurie Kutas and John Rooney. 

After cooking Ethiopian at home for years, and getting it during their travels to Washington, D.C., Toronto and other destinations, they decided it was time to offer the African cuisine to the Southtowns.

Rooney said nothing will change at Medici House. The pair has long harbored dreams of an Ethiopian place, and with two Ethiopian places open in Buffalo, it seemed like the right time. "We felt that the community is accepting it, so it's probably our time," he said. "We're not getting any younger, either." 

Theas will offer lunch and dinner seven days a week, 40 to 50 seats, and a full bar, he said.

The menu will be vegan and vegetarian intensive, with extensive vegetable, greens and legume offerings in addition to meat dishes, Rooney said. (He noted that Theas is already fully reserved for the opening day, April 21.)




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