It's been just over a month since San Antonio Metro Health shut down Pasha Mediterranean Grill after a foodborne outbreak led to more than 300 reported cases of food poisoning.
The local restaurant chain, which also includes Baklavah Bakery and Pasha Express inside the University of the Incarnate Word and off Culebra, celebrated 10 years in business this summer, and was planning a second Baklavah and a new chicken concept next to the Wurzbach location.
Though plans are still in the works for those projects, Pasha Mediterranean Grill management has focused on the task at hand: bringing people back to the restaurants at the volume they once had.
They're getting a boost this weekend as the Persian Cultural Society of San Antonio hosts a "Let's Show Our Support for Pasha" meet up on Sunday, October 14 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the original Wurzbach location.
The event, organized in part by relatively new committee member Mojgan "JJ" Panah, invites all supporters of the restaurant out to enjoy a cup of tea, or a meal to support co-owner Kamran Hajivandi.
Hajivandi has been a supporter of the organization for years, and often catered parties or gatherings.
"We’re a very small community of Iranians in San Antonio so with anything anyone does we like to show support and be there for each other," Panah said. "Whether it was an event or a restaurant or a poetry reading, we try to show up for each other."
Panah recalled the opening of Pasha in 2008, as one of the few restaurants in town with Iranian fare.
"The opening delight for everyone a treat for everyone, especially if you don't know how to cook Persian food," she said.