College Street Goes “B” Natural

Two secret recipes produced this aromatic pan of “fir-fir” beckoning to visitors inside the bright confines of downtown’s new “farm-to-counter” restaurant.


One was a culinary recipe: Crumbled teff blended with spices created one of several distinctive grains to form a bed for a five-part “farm market bowl.”


The other was a business recipe: An entrepreneurial duo combined an eye for evolving with the times to reinvent their operation — and survive in the brutal restaurant business.


Nebyat Shewaye and Gabi Merayo are that duo, life as well as business partners who have been feeding health-conscious people downtown in various spots and under various brandings since 2004.


This week they opened their newest restaurant, B Natural Kitchen & Bar, a wide-open 2,600-foot space tucked amid Claire’s, the Taft, the Shubert, and The College Street Music Hall between Chapel and Crown at 260 College. It’s their first breakfast-through-dinner-and-beyond operation, building on the moves they’ve perfected over a decade and a half.


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