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Mysterious Electrical Fire Forces Ariana To Close

The Tarzana restaurant is shuttered until further notice

Ariana Exterior Joshua Lurie
Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

In the early hours of September 20, an electrical fire ripped through the Afghani restaurant Ariana. The Department of Health posted a condemnation notice on the front door of the Tarzana-based business, whose dark windows are still smudged with smoke.

According to the owner’s son, Ahmed Hamidi, the September fire started at 5 a.m., with the majority of the damage ravaging the front counter, but extending all the way to the exterior. Thankfully, no employees were hurt.

Hamidi would not commit to a reopening date, and noted that that the repair process will take time adding, “Customers keep going to nearby businesses and ask when Ariana will reopen. We don’t have a date yet, but thank everyone for their patience and loyalty.”

19321 Ventura Blvd.
Tarzana, CA

Ariana Restaurant

384 Western Avenue, , MA 02135 (617) 208-8072 Visit Website