It’s really hard to keep track of what’s going on 2255 Emmons Avenue. In two years it has been home to three Turkish restaurants – and soon it’ll have a fourth.
Pera Cafe Lounge will soon open at the location, following the short-lived Deniz Restaurant (so short-lived that we’re not sure if they were ever even open). Before Deniz it was Lara Turkish Cuisine, which opened in April 2010, just months after the longer-lived Bay Shish Kebab closed.
We have not confirmed it yet, but we’ve heard that Pera will be operated by the owners of Deniz, and will be a hookah lounge – so there’s no change in ownership, just direction.
UPDATE (3/29/2012): The owner just chimed in in the comments section, noting that it will not be a hookah lounge. He wrote:
Hi you all my I am the owner of Pera cafe longe we will be open late of April and it just will be cafe lounnge with full bar we don’t do hookah thanks you all I look forward see soon with a taste of Rurkish culture at Pera cafe lounge