The former Portland Food Cart will open in the West End District by January 2022.
A beloved Persian food cart that closed in Portland just before the pandemic will finally have a brick-and-mortar location — this time in Beaverton.
Caspian Kabob owners Victor and Tracy Darchini hope to open their physical location in Beaverton’s West End District by January 2022.
The Darchinis sold their food cart in December 2019 to open a physical store, but the pandemic delayed their plans.
‘During the pandemic we had received an email that the West End District was under construction and there was retail space available,’ she said. “So we jumped on it and thought, ‘Wow, that would be like a dream place. “”
Caspian Kabob’s plans were reported for the first time by The Oregonian/OregonLive.com this week.
When completed in mid to late 2022, the West End District will feature 424 apartments and 30,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.
West End has already attracted a number of local businesses, including Portland Cider Co., which will open in spring 2022.
Darchini said what drew them to the new mixed-use development was its central location along the Tualatin Valley Freeway and Murray Boulevard. Beaverton is also increasingly becoming a cultural destination, Darchini added.
“I think Beaverton in general is very diverse, and we really like that,” she said. “There are also a lot of Persians around, and it’s not too close to other Mediterranean restaurants, so it feels like it’s in a pretty good location.”
Caspian Kabob’s new counter-service restaurant will be set up for take-out and dine-in, with seating for up to 26.
“We’re planning an industrial aesthetic with decorative hints of Victor’s Persian heritage,” Darchini said. “The menu will be very similar to what was offered when we had a food cart – Persian skewers on saffron rice, with a variety of sides to choose from. There will also be Persian specialties offered regularly.”
Darchini said her husband never compromises when it comes to cooking and treats his customers like family. While the food carts are more than capable of serving authentic, high-quality cuisine, she said the brick-and-mortar location provides a much more comfortable cooking environment.
“I think the brick and mortar option was always more appealing because it would have a full kitchen to work from,” she said.
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