After nearly a quarter of a century serving Persian food on Beacon Hill, Lala Rokh has decided to close its doors. In a press release, brother-and-sister ownership duo Babak Bina and Azita Bina-Seibel said that the time has come to spend more time with their families. From the release:
We are immensely grateful to our mother without whom we and Lala Rokh wouldn’t exist. Mama Bina (as she’s been called by the staff) painstakingly trained chefs who knew nothing about the nuances of Persian cuisine. She visited Iran year after year—as recently as a few months ago—to bring back herbs, spices and other ingredients so essential to our authentic dishes. This is a task that is now too arduous for her to continue. We are beholden to our families who put up with our restaurant hours and especially our sister Mandana who has always been a great big sister and greeted so many of you each week. We have been blessed with amazing staff who have come through Lala Rokh’s doors and even more blessed for ones like Rene Reyes who has been with us from the start. We are grateful to our friends and neighbors on Beacon Hill who have supported us since our first restaurant in 1983 and, last but not least, a big thank you to the loyal guests of Lala Rokh since 1995.
Lala Rokh closed for a little more than a month in 2015 while completing a remodel and revamping its menu to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The Binas are also behind jm Curley (and its steakhouse, Bogie’s Place), Bin 26 Enoteca, a farm. They also owned the now shuttered Merrill & Co.
The last service at Lala Rokh will be on August 11, so if you’ve never eaten there but always meant to, you’ve got about three weeks to do so. Head to Beacon Hill and help celebrate the bittersweet end of a neighborhood classic.