Where Akadi Owner Fatou Ouattara Dines in Portland

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Fatou Ouattara’s bright smile and booming laugh reflect the joy and gratitude she has for where she is now. In the depths of the pandemic, when many restaurants could barely tread water, Portland’s dining community showed up for her West African cooking at the original iteration of her restaurant Akadi, ordering so much takeout that Ouattara became overwhelmed. “We were trying

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