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Meet Baheja Rostami of Ariana Restaurant in Brighton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Baheja Rostami.

Baheja, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Ariana is a family-owned Afghani restaurant located in Brighton, Massachusetts. We (my husband, Najeeb Rostami and I) opened our original and former location in June 2010 in Allston. In February of 2015 we closed the Allston location and started construction work on the new location. The construction was extremely hard us and we were closed for about 8 months. We reopened the new location on September of 2015 and been running this placed since then.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Running a restaurant with 3 little kids and another full time job is not easy. However, this was my husband’s dream to have his own restaurant and he is enjoying his work. Of course, like every business it is going to take time to build your customer relations and be at a point that you are fully busy and we hope we get to that point soon. The only road block we experienced was our construction period. We had a really bad experience and a 6-8 weeks project took about 8 months. We had closed our old location, so being out of business for 8 months hurt us a lot. Plus we had a lot of issues with our construction company that we are still dealing with.

Please tell us about Ariana Restaurant. 
Both my husband and I are from Afghanistan. We serve Afghani food and my husband is the main chef. We are the second Afghani restaurant in Boston area. What sets us apart from the other Afghani restaurant is that all our cooks are Afghans, which gives our customers a true test of Afghani food.

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4 Comments

  1. Helen McAfee

    April 18, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I’ve had the pleasure of dining in this fabulous restaurant. The food is very tasty and the customer service is outstanding! I’ve had several of the dishes and the lamb is my favorite! The staff is very attentive to all of your needs. Looking forward to eating there again!

    • Baheja

      May 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you Helen. We hope to serve you again

  2. Deb

    April 21, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    as a customer, your service is always warm and friendly. This sets you apart from the other Afghani restaurant as well! Wishing you much success!

  3. Baheja

    May 2, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you Deb. We really appropriate your comments and business.

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