After two and a half years of service, Nar Mediterranean Grill on University Boulevard near UCF officially closed its door Saturday evening.

In bright neon lights, a sign on the wall of the restaurant reads: "Closed. Nar will be permanently closing on September 4th."

Managing partner Remzi Ersahin said he kept it open for another day to sell out the rest of its food supply. The doors were permanently locked at 7 p.m.

Ersahin credits the close to bad location. He said many students have restricted funds and can not afford to eat at Nar two or three times a week. 

“I can not say we lost money, but I can't say that we made a lot of money," Ersahin said. "Our food is not like foods at other establishments. ... All of our hard work and effort is not really paying off."

Ersahin, who opened the restaurant as a joint effort with his son, said they are looking at different locations to open another Nar and they are taking all of the lessons they've learned from this one to try and make it more of a success. 

He said he feels bad for closing down the store and he will miss seeing people try Mediterranean food for the first time and enjoy it. 

Ersahin said the building space has been bought by a Michigan-based pizza company. 

For the latest updates on Nar and to find out where the new location will be, visit its Facebook page.


Amelia Truong is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @Ameliatruong or email her at

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