Long-time Persian restaurant in Vienna, Rose Kabob, is closing permanently

Rose Kabob in Vienna ahead of its permanent closure on Sunday November 13, 2022 (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Another family restaurant that looked like a mainstay of the Viennese culinary scene has disappeared.

Rose Kabob had her last day in business yesterday after serving platters of chicken, lamb and kubideh (ground beef) at 126 Maple Avenue West for 16 years.

When the doors opened around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday November 12, the dining room was still empty, but owner Hassan Mostafavi and his daughter-in-law were already busy juggling groceries and take-out orders. This left him with little time to explain the closure beyond the fact that they “unfortunately lost the lease.”

“We love the community. We will miss all the customers,” Mostafavi told FFXnow.

Located in the commercial center of Vienna, Rose Kabob was launched in 2007, when Mostafavi sought to “practice what he preached” as a former teacher and business consultant for more than 35 years, according to his site. Internet.

Run by Mostafavi and his family with the same chef for about 13 years, the restaurant was chosen as one of Washingtonian’s best “cheap eats” multiple times in the early 2010s.

In a farewell message posted on the website, Mostafavi said he plans to travel and spend more time with family and friends, while urging customers to continue supporting local businesses.

Dear Vienna,

It’s time for us to close the doors here at the Rose Kabab Restaurant. We have loved the years of serving you and have made countless friends along the way.

Please never stop supporting local businesses. It is the fabric of our community. This is the strength of our local economy. Although I will regret seeing many of your smiling faces and sharing conversations and laughter, it is time for me (Hassan) to travel and spend some sweet time with my family and friends.

With love, Hassan and the rest of the Rose Kabab family

Zan, Zendegi, Azadi Women, Life, Freedom

Rose Kabob may be the oldest restaurant to close in the city of Vienna since Amphora said goodbye in January 2021, although Charles’ barber shop in Cedar Park shopping center has been around since the 1980s until until its last owner decides to retire in August. .

Construction is currently underway to transform the old Amphora building at 377 Maple Avenue West into a new restaurant called The Maple Room.

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