Armenian spot searches for larger digs after closing in Carytown

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Coriander is closing its restaurant at 3125 W. Cary St. (Michael Schwartz)

After three years in business, a Carytown restaurant is taking a hiatus to retool its concept and hunt for a new home.

Coriander, an Armenian restaurant opened in 2014 by Elizabet Bandazian, recently closed at 3125 W. Cary St.

A note on the door said the restaurant was switching gears, had outgrown the space and hinted at a broader business plan.

“You will see us again in another location, and in your favorite local stores,” the posted note said.

Bandazian, with the help of husband Raffi Bandazian, the principal broker and president of real estate brokerage Bandazian & Co., is scouting sites citywide for a larger space that can accommodate several needs for the restaurant: a much larger kitchen, more room for indoor dining and an outdoor dining area.

No timeline has been set to reopen Coriander.

The decision to close was bittersweet for Bandazian, but she said it allowed her to focus on finding a larger venue and brainstorm other ways to grow her brand.

“Focus is going to be important to get the job done,” she said.

Coriander is not the only restaurant fueling the ebb and flow of the Carytown dining scene.

Next door to the former Coriander space, David Crabtree-Logan and wife Sariann Lehrer recently purchased Amour Wine Bistro at 3129 W. Cary St., which they’ll reopen next month as The Broken Tulip Social Eatery.

A few doors down, a group with ties to Carytown Cupcakes, Heritage and The Roosevelt is opening The Jasper, a new bar in part of the space being vacated by Carey Burke Carpets at 3111 W. Cary St.

And Charlottesville restaurateurs Ravi Dahiya and Rinku Singh have teamed up to open Tulsi Indian Cuisine in the former Spiral Noodle location at 3131-3133 W. Cary St.

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