Suya Joint shuttered its original Roslindale location in January 2015 after three years in business in order to make the move to the new, larger location, which was originally slated for a spring 2015 opening. The new Suya Joint seats 80 and is located right by Dudley Station.
Chef/owner Cecelia Lizotte, who began Suya Joint as a catering business, highlights cuisine from her native Nigeria, including suya, which gives the restaurant its name. Suya kabobs are made of seasoned, thinly sliced beef or chicken. The menu also includes Nigerian stews (fish, goat, beef, or chicken) which come with a choice of fufu, a dumpling made from whole wheat, cassava, yam, or corn.
The whole menu is gluten-free and dairy-free, and many dishes can be made vegetarian.
The restaurant also serves cocktails, wine, and beer, having obtained one of the neighborhood-based licenses aimed at establishments in seven underserved areas —Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, and Mission Hill. If a restaurant with one of these licenses closes, the license must stay in the same neighborhood.
When Suya Joint gets up and running with its regular winter hours, it will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Live entertainment and dancing are planned for Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 7 p.m.