This Friday, January 30, will be the last day of business for Suya Joint's original Roslindale location, where the Nigerian restaurant opened about three years ago. Chef/owner Cecelia Lizotte is moving the business to 185 Dudley Street in Roxbury, where she expects to open by the spring, according to a Facebook post.
"Food nerds won't need encouragement to flock here," wrote critic MC Slim JB in a March 2012 review in STUFF. "But the less intrepid need not fear — even its unfamiliar dishes are mostly accessible and appealing." The "namesake" dish, suya — char-grilled kebabs of chicken or beef — is "classic street food: universally appealing."
West African food is hard to find around Boston, aside from Suya Joint's Nigerian fare and Teranga's Senegalese fare. Suya Joint offers a lot of traditional dishes, including a variety of fufu options, dumplings made from pounded grain (such as cassava, yam, or corn flour) and served with soup.
While the opening of the new Suya Joint location will likely be this spring, updates will be posted on the restaurant's Facebook page.