Home-spun fast-casual Somali food soon will become part of the North Market.

Hoyo's Kitchen, based in Northland, is expected to open Monday, Aug. 12, at the market, 59 Spruce St.

"I want to introduce my food to a greater audience, 100%, take Somali cuisine to the next level," owner Abdilahi Hassan said.

The base of the dishes start with a bowl of rice or injera bread, wraps or salads, followed by a choice of proteins and vegetables.

The proteins include goat, beef and two styles of chicken, with individual dishes costing $10 to $13.

"We'll be very vegan friendly," Hassan said.

Hoyo's also will offer sides: injera and sabiyad, two styles of bread and sambusa, the equivalent of an Indian samosa, a sort of dumpling stuffed with meat and veggies. A number of beverages -- Somali chai tea, for example -- also will be available.

The menu is simple by design, Hassan said.

"We don't want to stretch ourselves thin," he said.

He opened Hoyo's Kitchen nearly five years ago at 5788 Columbus Square in the Columbus Square Shopping Center on the North Side. That restaurant will remain open, Hassan said.

"The thing about Somali food is there are a lot of people who don't think we have a cuisine," he said. "Our food is subtle."

Indeed, he said, it is distinct but also draws from other regions of East Africa. He said his style of food is not too spicy.

"There's flavor to it," he said. "There's definitely a kick, but it's not overwhelming."

The restaurant makes its own hot sauce that can be applied at the customer's request.

Rick Harrison Wolfe, executive director of the North Market, said he welcomes Hoyo's to the vendor lineup.

"It has been an absolute pleasure working with Abdilahi and his family throughout the process to get Hoyo's Kitchen open at North Market," Wolfe said. "I personally cannot wait to eat his goat dish with a side of injera bread."

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