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Nov 7, 2010 06:30 PM

Syrian? Armenian?

I'm trying to sort out geography and ethnicity in Middle Eastern food (understanding the limitations of contemporary maps in the Levant and beyond), and so I'm wondering whether the proprietors of any of the Lebanese-Syrian restaurants actually hail from Syria, as opposed to Lebanon, and whether the proprietors of any Armenian restaurants actually hail from present-day Armenia, as opposed to Turkey or Lebanon. Any help appreciated.

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  1. Why not ask them? What's the worst that could happen?

    1. I know Cafe Barada in Cambridge is run by a family from Lebanon.

      I can't even think of any Armenian restaurants beyond Karoun, I don't know where the owners are from. Based on the fact that they opened in the 70s, I would guess Syria or Lebanon and not present day Armenia. Same for the markets in Watertown. Not sure about Turkey--I rarely encounter Armenians who came from Turkey (unless they're very old).

      Like Jenny said, I'd ask, may be the best way.

      Cafe Barada
      2269 Massachusetts Ave Ste 1, Cambridge, MA 02140

      Karoun Restaurant
      839 Washington St, Newtonville, MA 02460

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      1. re: langley

        Sevan Bakery in Watertown is run by Turkish Armenians. Garlic n Lemons in Allston is run by Lebanese Armenians.

        Sevan Bakery
        599 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472