Aslan Mediterranean Cuisine moved one mile across town in Eagle Rock to its new location a few weeks ago. The Mediterranean eatery is one of many new eateries in the Northeast LA neighborhood, and also replaces local staple Camilo’s, which closed after 18 years.
Husband and wife owners Nora and Krikor Sarkissian operated Aslan Mediterranean Cuisine in a tiny strip mall near Eagle Rock Plaza since 2013. The family has deep roots in the catering and restaurant world, as Nora Sarkissian’s parents Maro and Kevork (also known as Aslan) Aslanian launched Aslan Catering back in 1988 in San Fernando. The family eventually opened the first Aslan restaurant years later, but closed in 2012 after Aslan’s death.
In 2013, the Sarkissians made the same family leap into catering and dining with a menu full of Armenian, Greek, Lebanese, and Mediterranean dishes. The Sarkissians felt invisible in the strip mall, but looked into the shuttered Camilo’s space after it closed in January this year. As of July 19, Aslan Mediterranean serves traditional dishes passed down from Nora Sarkissian’s parents in a larger space with more foot traffic. The Sarkissian’s use Aslan’s own marinade recipe for kabobs, as well as his hummus recipe, along with shawarma, pita wraps, and Greek-style french fries.
Throughout 2018, Eagle Rock saw a stream of new restaurants and bars replace longstanding businesses. Piencone Pizzeria, Creamery, and Pub replaced Coffee Table, Rock’n Egg Cafe took over Auntie Em’s, and pinball bar Walt’s Bar kept the retro facade for Connor’s Plumbing and Heating.