Would you like the goat or the Philly cheese steak?


The new Kilimanjaro aims to please.

The Seward neighborhood welcomes a new restaurant, Kilimanjaro, located at 2401 East Franklin Avenue, long the location of Big Olaf’s restaurant and, for a short time more recently, El Gaucho Argentine Steakhouse.

Mohamed Hassan, Mohamed Alimici and Siyad Abdirahman, are the owners of Kilimanjaro. They owned another restaurant in Somalia, also called Kilimanjaro, before coming to Minnesota about 11 years ago.

Hassan said it is very important that Kilimanjaro work with the needs of the multi-cultural Seward community. The menu will compliment the diversity of the neighborhood, offering some East African, American and vegetarian foods.

Kilimanjaro’s menu ranges from modern-East African foods such as the popular Kilimanjaro Dish — stewed goat meat with potatoes, onions, squash and tomatoes, served with a “mountain” of lightly spiced rice, lettuce and fresh cucumbers — to American favorites like the Philly Steak sandwich, as well as pastas like a fettuccine in cream sauce and many vegetarian dishes. Appetizers and entrees range from $5–13.

Kilimanjaro offers a laid-back dining experience with both booths and tables, all causally decorated with flowers on each table and a warm coat of taupe on the walls.

Kilimanjaro is open everyday, 9 a.m.–11 p.m. and has the convenience of take-out. Hassan said they may open at 7 a.m. for breakfast, in order to reach more of the community.