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ISO Persian restaurant owned by an El Salvadorean "Johnny"

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ISO Persian restaurant owned by an El Salvadorean "Johnny"

waterisgood | Feb 13, 2007 04:18 PM

I live in Los Angeles and just heard a news story on NPR while driving home about a man named "Johnny" (his American name) originally from El Salvador who started out as a cook at a Persian restaurant in/around D.C. and slowly learned how to make all the Persian dishes. He eventually gained the trust of the owners and his dishes were so authentic and great that the owners made him head chef. Eventually, he opened his own Persian restaurant in D.C., where he serves not just koobideh like most of the Persian restaurants in the area, but also stews and the like. His business is very successful and his catering services have been commissioned in many other states.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? I'm looking for the name of his restaurant.

I tried to find the story on NPR's and KCRW (the local station that broadcasts NPR)'s websites online, but cannot find it. I'd love to visit this restaurant next time I am in D.C. as my boyfriend is Iranian, I live in the largest Iranian-populated city in the country and close to Westwood Blvd., which is known as "little Tehran" here in L.A., and I'd love to do a comparison.

Thanks in advance!

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