Moby Dick House of Kabob Grieves the Loss of Its Founder and President, Mike Daryoush
Mike Daryoush, Founder and President of one of Washington D.C.’s most beloved restaurants, Moby Dick House of Kabob, has died. He was 66. “With a heavy heart and great sadness, we regretfully announce the passing of the Founder and President of Moby Dick House of Kabob, Mike Daryoush, late on Thursday, May 9, 2019,” said Ned Daryoush, Vice President and Alex Momeni, Director & Chief Development Office for Moby Dick House of Kabob. Mr. Momeni added, “he left a big void not only with his family and friends, but also in our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Daryoush’s family during this difficult time.”
For more than three decades, Mike Daryoush ran his chain of restaurants, always adhering to his core beliefs: take pride in your work and never cut corners. It is that same dedication and commitment that Mr. Daryoush applied to all facets of his business, fiercely dedicated to both his employees and his customers. His kind heart and unparalleled work ethic inspired the loyalty of his employees. The very first person Mike hired still works in his restaurant nearly 30 years later, witnessing the inspiring growth of the restaurant every day.
At first, the luncheonette featured traditional American cuisine, but it wasn’t until Mr. Daryoush built a traditional clay oven in the restaurant that he was able to garner huge success. From there, baked pita was added to the menu, starting Mr.Daryoush on the road to success.
When he realized that he could offer an authentic take on the traditional Persian food he loved so much, he reopened the luncheonette as Moby Dick House of Kabob. Customers everywhere were satisfied, and Mr. Daryoush never looked back. That first restaurant in Bethesda remains there to this very day and since then, Moby Dick has branched out into 23 locations across the Maryland, DC and Virginia areas.
For Mike, family was the most important precious thing in life. He is survived by his wife, Susan and four sons, Ned, Josh, Aarod, and Aaram. Mr. Daryoush leaves a great void behind him, not only with his family, but with the entire community.
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