Founder of Moby Dick House of Kabobs Dies

Mike Daryoush, president and founder of Moby Dick House of Kabobs, died at 66 of heart failure on May 9.

Daryoush, an Iranian immigrant, originally opened Moby’s Luncheonette in 1989 in Bethesda, but the restaurant struggled. Eventually, Daryoush built a traditional clay oven similar to one he used in Iran, to bake fresh pita. He also developed a Persian-inspired menu and the restaurant evolved into Moby Dick House of Kabobs.

Last week, WTOP reported that Moby Dick’s was celebrating its 30th anniversary.

To honor the memory of Daryoush, Moby Dick House of Kabobs will remain closed on Thursday, May 16.

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One Response to “Founder of Moby Dick House of Kabobs Dies”

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    On May 17, 2019 at 10:47 am responded with... #

    God bless his soul

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