Richmond restaurant owner who lost mother hosts brunch for motherless boys

Aklilu is hosting her fifth annual “Yes, You Are Worthy” brunch with a slight theme shift: While in years past she has focused on single mothers living in public housing, this year, she will shine a light on children who have lost their mothers to gun violence, just like she did.

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Peterson: Richmond woman’s Mother’s Day event a respite from grief

Menbere Aklilu hugs Jasiah Porter-Franklin, 3, as she greets him, Dolores Gholar, left, and Aiden Porter, 5, at her Salute e Vita Ristorante in Richmond, Calif. on Friday, May 12, 2017. Jasiah and Aiden’s mother, Rashanda Franklin, was recently killed and this lunch is for the families of victims of domestic and gun violence. Rashanda Franklin was Gholar’s niece.

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Top 100 Scenic Restaurant of 2016

Richmond’s Salute e Vita Ristorante made the top 100 on Open Table from more than 20,000 restaurants across the nation. Our 100-year old Cape Cod Victorian that overlooks the marina waterfront with an elegant and welcoming fireplace dining room, an indoor veranda with stunning views or on our outdoor patio overlooking the Marina Bay.

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Helping other moms by KTVU

On Friday, May 6, Bay Area KTVU’s Paul Chambers and his crew filmed and broadcasted live about helping other single low income Mothers. Giving these mothers a Mother’s Day celebration, and inviting 6 mother that had gone through a lot this year.

75 single moms in Richmond to receive royal treatment at Saluté’s on Mother’s Day

On Saturday, May 7, low-income mothers will receive free beauty treatments before being chauffeured in limousines to an elegant, four-course Mother’s Day luncheon at Saluté e Vita Ristorante in Richmond’s Marina Bay neighborhood.

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Jefferson Award Winner: Salute’s Menbere Akilulu


From serving thousands of homeless to giving etiquette classes to kids, Jefferson Award winner and Richmond restauranteur Menbere Akilulu has made it her mission to give back. Elizabeth Cook reports. (3/4/15) See the video on CBS!

Richmond restaurants offer Thanksgiving meal – KPIX5

Thanksgiving is a time of year during which we gather to laugh, be with people we love, count blessings and, of course, eat!

Menbere addresses graduates of Holy Names University

Ethiopian-born Richmond restaurant owner Menbere Aklilu delivered the commencement address Saturday to graduates of Holy Names University in Oakland.

Salute’s restaurant owner gives back to community – KTVU 2

A former homeless woman, who now owns an upscale restaurant in Richmond California’s Marina Bay, feeds hundreds of the City’s homeless on Thanksgiving 2011.

Giving Back On Thanksgiving – 2011