On a rainy Sunday, the windows at Little Baobab fogged up with aromatic steam from rice, fish, and bean cake. Latin beats floated through the walls. Jewelry and colorful printed fabrics were stacked high. Feet tapped on the floor and two friends danced in the front of the band.

It was a Sunday at the Village – a new weekly event at Bissap Baobab and neighboring Little Baobab featuring Senegalese food, a local band, and as many neighbors who will fit. Restaurateur Marco Senghor has been reopening Little Baobab, which had closed after a fire in 2013 shut it down.

Los Peregrinos Cosmicos play at Bissap Baobab

The setup is thus: Hang out at Baobab and maybe have a drink while the band plays. When the food is ready, head next door to Little Baobab, where Senghor used to live and later produced thousands of bottles of ginger juice (oh, the stories he could tell you…) and then file through the buffet. Get it in a box or on a plate and head back over to your seat and chow down.

Chefs at the lunch buffet.

One group of women had their plates piled high with curries and rice and weren’t completely clear what they’d ended up with – but didn’t much care, as they reported it was all delicious.

Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the miniature market set up along the walls, where artisans like Eva Miranda set up their wares.

Eva Miranda talks to a customer inside Bissap Baobab.

Coming up this Sunday: Buffet lunch with items from Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Benin. African Dance Party starts at 2 p.m. with DJ Xander manning the turntables at an African Arts Festival party. Party goes ’til 9.

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