Delbar, the Middle Eastern restaurant and bar offering classic Persian cuisine with Israeli, Turkish and Lebanese touches, Thursday confirmed it will replace King + Duke at the corner of Peachtree Road and West Paces Ferry Road later this year. The new restaurant joins Delbar’s other locations in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood and Alpharetta, Georgia.
Delbar Buckhead will be open seven days a week for dinner, weekday lunch and weekend brunch. Guests can expect the simple and comforting Persian and Middle Eastern dishes Delbar is known for, many of which are drawn from owner and native Iranian Fares Kargar’s family recipes.
The new 6,000-square-foot restaurant will be inspired by the countryside in Iran where Kargar’s grandmother resides and will feature 16-foot ceilings, light, earth-toned walls, antique textiles, natural finishes and rustic wooden touches, and lush greenery draped throughout. There will be a main dining room and indoor bar as well as a covered outdoor patio and bar that will host live entertainment on weekends. A hidden private dining room will seat up to 16 people, and a mezzanine private event space overlooking the dining room will seat up to 40 people.
The brunch and dinner menus will include a collaboration of favorite and new dishes from Kargar, Culinary Director Jonathan McDowell and Creative Culinary Director Corey Jones. Classic favorites will include shareable ‘Spreads’ such as Hummus garnished with crispy chickpea & sumac; ‘Mazze’ (small bites) like Omani Shrimp with Black Tiger shrimp, Persian dried lime, sour orange & herbs; ‘Meats’ like Chinjeh, Prime Beef Sirloin with saffron, onion & yogurt marinade; and ‘Greens & Grains” such as Sabzi Polo with scallions, parsley, cilantro & fenugreek basmati rice. A brunch menu will feature Shroom Peynirli Pide with oyster mushrooms, fried onion & kasseri cheese and bakery items such as baklava with walnut, phyllo dough, pistachio & orange blossom. Housemade condiments, made-from-scratch taftoun bread and other bakery items will also be offered.
The Buckhead location will feature fresh, new cocktails with two different menus available at the indoor and outdoor bars. From Beverage Director Francis Coligado, the beloved beverage program will be centered around Persian flavors. The standout selection will include vibrant cocktails crafted with ingredients and spices imported directly from Iran like fresh barberries, cardamom, persian dried lime and sour cherries. The beverage list will also feature draft beer, Mediterranean natural wines and refreshing sharbats, non-alcoholic drinks made from fruit and flowers.
“Our team is thrilled to finally bring Delbar to Buckhead,” Kargar said in a press release. “This beautiful new space will enable us to offer more outdoor dining, live entertainment, new menu items and unique private events.”
Translating to ‘heart, captured’ in Farsi, Delbar is a love letter to the influential dishes that shaped Fares’ youth and the women in his life who instilled in him a deep appreciation for Middle Eastern cooking.
Hailing from Gorgan, Iran, Kargar grew up in the kitchen alongside his mother, aunts and grandmother. When first developing Delbar, he recounted his family’s regular get-togethers––often pushing 20 to 30 guests––where brothers and sisters, cousins and parents would gather round as Kargar’s grandmother dished warm, toasted bread straight from her tandoor oven.
At 17, Fares left Iran to seek a higher education and worked in Turkey as a refugee, broadening his understanding of Turkish cuisine and sharpening his culinary skills. He moved to the U.S. shortly after and earned a degree in hospitality from Georgia State University, all while working his way up the ranks at restaurants around the city. At 31, Fares brought his dream of opening his own restaurant to reality. Today, Fares owns and operates Delbar in Inman Park and Alpharetta, Georgia, and Bibi, a fast casual concept, at Ponce City Market.