Popular mom-and-pop restaurant to be replaced by Marriott

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CARLSBAD, Calif. – Mediterranean cuisine with a view of the Pacific has been the selling point for the Armenian Cafe since it opened in Carlsbad in 1989, but that will change in the near future.

The Armenian Cafe owners were told by their landlord of 26 years, who owns the motel next door, that  they need to leave their 3126 Carlsbad Boulevard location.

“By the end of the year we’ll be out of here,” said Cafe owner Eddy Shakarjian.  He said a Marriott hotel is going in where the motel and cafe now sit along the Coast Highway.

Shakarjian, his wife Lisa and their four children work at the restaurant. They’ve done everything, from cooking to serving to building the patio with views of the ocean.  They had no intention of closing down anytime soon until they got the news from their landlord a couple of weeks ago.

“I don’t want to think about it,” Shakarjian said. “It’s going to be a sad one.”

Longtime customers Linda and Murph McInnis of Mission Viejo heard about the cafe from friends living in Carlsbad 15 years ago and have been making the trek quite often for their lamb kabob and Greek salad.

“We’ve heard the news and aren’t happy about it,” said McInnis.

The Shakarjian’s don’t plan to go out of business.  They are looking at a location in Vista and plan to open their Armenian Cafe there.

Shakarjian told FOX 5 he has seen the blueprint for the proposed Marriott Hotel that’s going in on Coast Highway.  He said there appears to be a place in the hotel where his restaurant could go.

His dream, he said, is to open The Armenian Cafe there as well.

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