One of Portland’s best Persian food carts will reopen with new Beaverton restaurant

When Caspian Kabob, one of Portland’s best Persian food carts, closed at the end of 2019, the plan was to reopen someday with a full restaurant.

Nearly two years and a pandemic later, Victor and Tracy Darchini have finally broken ground on a brick-and-mortar location in Beaverton.

“I never thought I’d be able to do this, especially when COVID hit and things went really south,” Victor Darchini said. “But then the opportunity came and we took it.”

Victor Darchini taught himself how to cook after moving from Iran to New York City, where he had difficulty finding Persian food. After moving to Portland, Tracy encouraged Victor to turn his cooking skills — honed during summer vacations — into a food cart at the since-closed Southwest 10th and Alder pod. But despite the prominent location, Caspian Kabob’s cut-no-corners cooking style struggled to stand out in a sea of quick-service shawarma

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Top restaurant ‘gems’ named; 2 are in Indiana – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — Online restaurant-reservation service OpenTable has revealed its top 100 Best Neighborhood Gems in America for 2021, and two central Indiana restaurants made the list.

OpenTable says the places that made its list contribute to the character of their neighborhoods and welcome diners in with “exceptional hospitality.”

The two Hoosier locales are Iozzo’s Garden of Italy, which is south of downtown Indianapolis, and The Italian House on Park in Westfield.

Open Table says the restaurants that made their list offer outdoor dining and have safe dining practices.

“The time to ‘dine on’ with safety top of mind is now,” said Debby Soo, chief executive officer of OpenTable. “With the proper precautions, we want people to get back to their favorite restaurants and support local businesses while enjoying the last bit of summer.”

The list of honorees was determined after analyzing internal data generated

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RAMMY Awards honor DC area’s best restaurants

The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) awarded a range of special distinctions following a year unlike any other.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley recaps the RAMMY Awards (Part 1)

Fully vaccinated restaurant industry professionals gathered Sunday night at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 39th annual RAMMY Awards.

The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) awarded a range of special distinctions following a year unlike any other.

The panel of judges identified categories that spoke to 2020 and the myriad challenges, unforeseen hurdles and opportunities that let creativity and ingenuity shine.

Here’s the list of winners (*denotes publicly voted category):

Managers of the Year:

  • Otgontuya Davaasuren, All Set Restaurant & Bar
  • Khawla Gasmi, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar, & Eatery
  • Autumn Harriger, Destination Unknown Restaurants/Espita
  • Jordan Lee, Thamee Restaurant
  • Tylyn Mallon, Right Proper Brewing Company
  • Brian McGahey, Modena Restaurant
  • Gilbert Mejia, Nobu DC
  • Robert Micheli, Dirty Habit
  • Daurio Passaia, Fogo de Chao
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