Posted on24 November 2010.
Shiraz, 4230 McCullough, is changing hands.
Chef and owner Rashin Mazaheri will sell the Persian restaurant to chef Erick Abrams on Dec. 4, just days shy of its 12th anniversary.
Mazaheri says she initially devoted her full attention to Shiraz, "which at the time was the only restaurant in the now-bustling Olmos Park." A few years later, she stopped serving lunch so she could attend law school. For the last four years, she has been working at Dreyer & Mazaheri Law Firm while operating Shiraz and cooking on the weekends. Now, with her law practice growing, she's found it difficult to give Shiraz the time and attention it deserves, she says.
Abrams, known for his work at Métropolitain in the Quarry, Barbaresco and other restaurants, approached Mazaheri several months ago about acquiring the restaurant.
His new restaurant will be called Tangeré and focus on flavors from the Mediterranean. He plans on using locally grown produce, wild-caught seafood and animals that are raised in low-stress, natural environment, she says. It is expected to open in February.
Though Mazaheri will no longer have Shiraz, she plans to offer catering, cooking classes and personal chef services.
"December 4 will be a night of celebration with a limited menu of our signature dishes, a belly dancer and a wine inventory that needs to disappear," she says. "Join us."