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Glendale’s Tiny Dining Hit Mini Kabob Grows Into New Glendora Home

The decades-old kabob shop adds a new food hall outlet

Kebabs plate at Mini Kabob
A platter from Mini Kabob
Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Standout Armenian restaurant Mini Kabob is expanding, landing a brand new location further east in Glendora. The project is part of an incoming food hall called the Glendora Public Market, set to go live later this year.

Mini Kabob has been a quiet force in the Glendale dining scene for nearly 30 years, offering Armenian and Egyptian flavors to those in the know. The Martirosyan family turns out big platters of chicken, beef, and lamb kabobs and rice from a 225-square-foot, three-table space just south of the Americana already, so turning on the stoves at a walk-up fast casual stand inside a food hall shouldn’t be that much of a stretch. Plus, the Martirosyan son Armen already runs a tiny standalone side-project called Mid-East Tacos at Smorgasburg on Sundays.

Glendora Public Market is a large new project taking over an old brick bakery in the foothills of the Angeles National Forgest. The 19,000 square-foot facility has already signed on a number of new tenants — mostly existing Orange County food hall types like Belly Bombz — but has as its anchor Smog City Brewing, the South Bay craft beer star. There is no confirmed opening date for the project just yet.