Made in Ontario: Aria Kabob and Bar in Downtown Open for Business
Downtown Ontario offers a tree lined green belt along Euclid Avenue, historic buildings, and an increasing number of businesses. Aria Kabob and Bar is the latest business to open in downtown Ontario. This is a Made in Ontario Business profile on Aria, at 112 W. B Street in downtown. Friendly and inviting atmosphereNestled in the heart of downtown Ontario, Aria is easy to miss. Once discovered, however, you are transported out of Ontario and into another world entirely. Beneath the stained glass windows and the beautifully opulent ceilings, customers may lean against the tiled walls and sit upon the colorful cushions while they enjoy delicious and flavorful cuisine. Abdul Aman, the owner, is more than welcome to chat with you about his restaurant and its rich history. Aria opened in May of this year. Abdul relocated the family restaurant from Los Angeles to the Inland Empire. As of July 2015, the menu features only Mediterranean food but Abdul stated that they were going to begin serving Afghan food as well and will adjust the menus to feature this very soon. He explained that he is originally from Afghanistan and wants to expand his menu to include both cuisines. The rice they use in house is imported directly from Afghanistan in order to obtain the true authentic taste. The woman behind the flavor is Abdul’s wife, Raziah, who learned the art of Mediterranean cuisine from an acclaimed chef. She then imparts her wisdom upon the staff and oversees the preparation and execution of the food. Recipes and techniques have been passed down for generations and family traditions are evident in their dishes. With the introduction of both the Mediterranean and Afghan flavors, they offer a blend of both worlds, combining their learned skills with their own cultural and historic traditions.Rich cultural historyAbdul explained that the name “Aria” has historical significance in the Middle East. There are different forms of the word such as Ariana and Aryana but they all refer to the Eastern region of the ancient Persian Empire and what is now parts of Iran, Afghanistan and India. He stated that the Arians were noblemen and this pride has been passed down through generations to present day. Aria offers lunch specials starting at around $7. For after work hours, they offer a full bar in the back with live entertainment. On Friday nights from 5 PM to 10 PM they have karaoke for all ages and talent levels offering both English and Spanish music. The insertion of old traditions fits right in with the historical downtown area. It creates a collaboration between two worlds and blends perfectly. Patrons are able to experience old-world flavor in a historic downtown. Abdul was able to relocate to downtown Ontario due to great opportunity with a lease that was a better fit than his previous Los Angeles location. He has been welcomed by the local community and Ontario has gained another great family-owned restaurant with many old traditions to share with his new customers.