Restaurant Tehran, a long-standing NDG go-to for Persian food, has closed after 33 years in business. It held its last dinner service on Sunday, February 27.
“We would like to thank you for your continued support over the years, especially the last two ... Thank you for allowing us to continuously share our family recipes and provide a culinary Persian experience with you all,” the restaurant said in an Instagram post published the day of its closure. (The announcement was also shared on its Facebook page and website.)
The family-run establishment, which occupied a corner locale at the intersection of Boulevard de Maisonneuve West and Grey Avenue, east of the Decarie Expressway, was known for its offering of kebabs, and other traditional Persian dishes, including ash (a chickpea noodle soup drizzled in goat milk yogurt), mirza (a smokey eggplant purée), and ghormeh sabzi, an herby stew filled with beef and red kidney beans, which it served alongside basmati and saffron rice.
Reached for comment via e-mail, co-owner Mehdi Mohammad Sadegh (one of the three brothers who ran the spot after taking it over from their father) tells Eater the decision to shutter was prompted by “an amazing offer for the building.”
For disappointed patrons, news of the closure was tempered by one final promise: The Tehran team will return with a new venture. “Selling will allow us to take a much needed break in order to come back stronger and better in our new project. Not sure of the location or timeline, but rest assured it won’t be too long of a wait,” Sadegh says.
Correction: March 1, 2022, 11:20 a.m. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the location of Restaurant Tehran. It is located at the intersection of Boulevard de Maisonneuve West and Grey Avenue.