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Sultan’s Kitchen Closes After Nearly Four Decades

The downtown eatery helped introduce Boston to Turkish food

Sultan’s Kitchen
Sultan’s was a staple of the Downton dining scene

Sultan’s Kitchen (116 State St, Boston, MA 02109) has shuttered, as reported by Boston Restaurant Talk and The Boston Globe. The Turkish eatery — which was one of a precious few Turkish restaurants in the city proper — opened in 1981 and served Mediterranean staples like kebabs, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, and baba ghanoush.

In an email to the Globe, Sultan’s Kitchen owner and chef Ozcan Ozan said he’s lost the lease. A tweet from former Boston Globe food editor Sheryl Julian seems to have broken the initial news of the closure. In it, Julian wrote, “Sultan’s Kitchen, a fixture on State Street in Boston for 36 years, has closed. Turkish-born owner Ozcan Ozan made wonderful food, which he chronicled in Sultan’s Kitchen: A Turkish Cookbook. Three decades is a long time. Good luck, chef. Bon courage!”

Sultan's Kitchen in Downtown Boston Has Closed [BRT]
Sultan’s Kitchen Is Shuttered After 36 Years [BG]