Orange, yellow and green permeate these surroundings. These are the virgin cocktails inked with turmeric, mango and basil. These are kaleidoscopic Afro-Caribbean-inspired street food platters, Ethiopian injera platters, and spicy stews. They are the bright interior where tangerine towels burst against teal and emerald chairs and the browns and blues of large canvases by Obaro Ene, a local Nigerian-American painter, teacher, and hula-hooping artist, anchor the walls. This is the second act for Umana restaurant and wine bar in its new location on Central Avenue (the former New Scotland Antiques) just two doors down from where it once stood.
Umana Yana takes its name from a famous thatched-roof communal hangout in owner Dale Davidson’s homeland of Guyana. Here on Central Avenue, where the storefronts are most often filled with posters and offers, its bright floor-to-ceiling windows emerge as a transparent and warm invitation. On a warm night, orange chairs and towels light up the sidewalk as plants hanging from the windows add flashes of greenery. When a sudden downpour sends staff in a rush to collect things, the perforated metal lampshades glow with fractured light and the bulbs hanging from the awning to the trees on the sidewalk emit a fuzzy glow.