When Caspian Kabob, one of Portland’s top Persian food carts, closed in late 2019, the plan was to one day reopen with a full restaurant.
Almost two years and a pandemic later, Victor and Tracy Darchini have finally paved the way for a physical location in Beaverton.
“I never thought I would be able to do this, especially when COVID hit and things went really south,” Victor Darchini said. “But the opportunity came and we took it.”
Victor Darchini taught himself to cook after moving from Iran to New York, where he struggled to find Persian food. After moving to Portland, Tracy encouraged Victor to turn his cooking skills — honed over summer vacation — into a food cart at the since-closed Southwest 10th and Alder pod. But despite the prominent location, Caspian Kabob’s uncompromising cooking style struggled to stand out in a sea of quick-serve shawarma spots. Eventually, the cart joined Prost Marketplace in North Portland, helping turn the capsule from the German beer bar into the best collection of carts in town.
The restaurant, which will retain the cart’s name and menu, will be at Beaverton’s West district, a new development on the site of the old Kmart where Southwest Murray Boulevard meets the Tualatin Valley Freeway. In addition to saffron rice and grilled meat skewers, Caspian Kabob will offer daily specials including sabzi gormeh (beef stew), salmon skewers and lamb shank with dill rice. Neighbors will include a barber shop, a boba shop and a new outpost of Portland’s Rovente Pizzeria, Victor Darchini said.
Depending on construction and permitting delays, Victor Darchini hopes to reopen Caspian Kabob this winter at 3807 SW Orbit St. #110, Beaverton; kabobpdx.com