Since 1970, Sayat Nova has offered Armenian cuisine that presents a slightly earthier variation on typical Mediterranean fare.
From the restaurant's website:
"Almost 5 decades ago back in 1965; brothers Levon and Arsen Demirdjian decided they wanted to open a truly authentic Armenian restaurant. Of course they were looking to feed the growing Middle Eastern community in Chicago, but they were also looking to expand the minds & palates of the first adventurous foodies looking to taste test anything new and exciting. As men in a culture filled with female cooks, they began to seek out the advice and recipes of old Armenian Grandmothers who had been cooking long before they ever set foot on American soil. This would ensure that the recipes were authentic & of course…amazing!
"After months of hard work testing recipes, these determined cousins found the original location on Sheridan Road and opened up the 1st Sayat Nova Restaurant in 1965. An instant success led to the opening of multiple locations, and in December of 1969 our downtown, and now only location, opened its doors. After nearly 43 years now, the recipes are still the exact same as day one and the feedback is still as remarkable as ever…and there aren’t many restaurants that can say that.
"As time goes on we will continue to grow & change things like our décor, specials and cocktails, but one thing will always remain the same- our passion to provide amazing, authentic and homemade Armenian delicacies to our faithful guests."
I am breaking my own rule and rescheduling this restaurant since there was no turnout last time (granted it was a very last minute scheduling). The plan is to do this as a shared meal.