Location:  5990 1/2 W Pico Blvd   Los Angeles, CA 90035

The Awash restaurant is named for a river, valley, town and national park in central Ethiopia. It is one of the most important sites of early human settlement. In more recent times it has been the traditional home of the Afar and Issa people.

Awash River Valley Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Cook.bri Lucy – Cleveland Natural History Museum : Wikimedia Commons

“The Awash valley contains one of the most important groupings of palaeontological sites on the African continent. The remains found at the site, the oldest of which date back at least 4 million years, provide evidence of human evolution which has modified our conception of the history of humankind. The most spectacular discovery came in 1974, when 52 fragments of a skeleton enabled the famous Lucy to be reconstructed…. In 1974, the valley produced the most complete set of remains of a hominid skeleton, Australopithecus afarensis, nicknamed ‘Lucy’, dating back 3.2 million years.  ” (Unesco Heritage List).


“Lower Valley of the Awash.” Unesco World Heritage Center. (Accessed 9/12/2020).