Massis Kabob to Debut Standalone Location on 45th Anniversary

Armenian Restaurant is stepping outside of usual mall food court for corner spot in Glendale

There is an update to this post: Massis Kabob Debuts First Standalone Restaurant

Massis Kabob to Debut Standalone Location on 45th Anniversary
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Massis Kabob will move into its first standalone, non-mall location just a couple of blocks away from the original 300-square-foot food stall in the Glendale Galleria.

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 Masis Kabob offers Mid-Eastern cuisine, from gyros and lamb chops to falafel and Persian koobideh beef. The menu is brimming with bold and vibrant flavors and spices that pack a punch with each bite. Despite expanding to multiple locations, the family behind the chain has maintained its quality meats, fresh ingredients, and devotion to taste.

In 1976, original owner Hacop Baghdassarian, who immigrated from Iran, opened the first Massis Kabob in Glendale, home to the largest concentration of Armenians outside of Armenia. From there, the Baghdassarian family opened five more mall locations in Arcadia, Sherman Oaks, Century City, Culver City, and Canoga Park. However, since the patriarch’s tragic passing in 2017, the Baghdassarian family has set a new path for Massis Kabob.

Eater Los Angeles reports that the new Massis Kabob will feature a dining area, a patio, and the company’s largest kitchen.

“We really want this to be a flagship store, something we can roll out to other cities,” Hacop’s son Gevik Baghdassarian told Eater Los Angeles.

The family plans to “host its grand opening this fall, on the 45th anniversary of the first Massis Kabob, as part of a larger Armenian celebration with support from city officials and a nearby Armenian American museum project.”

Massis Kabob is currently under construction at 301 S Glendale Avenue.

Laura Moreno

Laura Moreno is a freelance writer and editor. She holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA from Syracuse University. She is based in the greater Los Angeles area.
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