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Moby Dick House of Kabob coming to Hampden

A kabob restaurant with locations in the Washington area is branching out to Baltimore with its northern-most location yet.

Moby Dick House of Kabob is set to open Nov. 1 at 727 W. 40th St. in Hampden’s mixed-use Rotunda development.

The restaurant serves Mediterranean spreads, falafel, salads, pita sandwiches, Persian entrees and desserts.

For the past three years, Baltimore-based customers have been asking the company when it would open locations in this area, said Alex Momeni, chief development officer for Moby Dick.

“It’s definitely the furthest location we’ve ever had from our soft spot or sweet spot,” Momeni said, adding his group was drawn to the Rotunda for its energy.

Founder Mike Daryoush first opened Moby’s Luncheonette in 1989. The success of the restaurant’s Persian dishes inspired its transition to Moby Dick House of Kabob, which now has more than 20 locations throughout Maryland, D.C., and Virginia, according to its website.

The restaurant has been working on a rebrand during the last two years, Momeni said, and the Baltimore shop will serve as a model for new locations going forward.

“It’s going to have our newest completed concept as far as it relates to that ambience and atmosphere,” Momeni said. “This location is going to look different from all the other ones we’ve done.”

In Maryland, Moby Dick also has locations in Bethesda, College Park, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Olney, Potomac and Rockville.

The redesign, which is also being rolled out at existing Moby Dick restaurants, includes newly styled logos, labels, furniture, artwork and wallpaper.

“It’s trying to bring ancient Iran back to the modern area through our food,” Momeni said. “We’ve stepped up our game for the Baltimore store.”

Other restaurants joining Moby Dick at the Rotunda include Mi & Yu Noodle Bar and the Local Fry.

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