When PN’s camera caught Raffi Demerdjian, owner of Raffi’s on Fifth, and his friends during the Last Fling Labor Day Parade with a wave, the thought of its being a wave good-bye didn’t enter the picture. Demerdjian has made rumors official this week. After 12 years, his restaurant in Fifth Avenue Station is closing on Sat., Sept. 29.
Already longtime fans of the restaurant have been reminiscing about Raffi’s generosity and service to the community. Raffi’s often has been featured with popular eateries at local fundraisers such as Rotary Soup’s On and other “taste of” events, all held for the benefit of charitable causes.
Raffi’s on 5th invites diners to come share a meal, a drink and a memory before the doors close on Sat., Sept. 29, 2012.
“We are touched by the opportunity to have been part of your celebrations for the last 12 years,” Demerdjian said. “Although our future is uncertain, it is our hope and desire that our family will be welcoming you and your friends to our restaurant again.”
Demerdjian said he has no plans at the moment to re-open in another location.
Demerdjian also encourages individuals with gift certificates to come into the restaurant before September 29, 2012.
Restaurant hours for lunch are 11AM-2PM Monday-Friday and for dinner, 4:30-9:30PM Monday-Thursday, 4:30-10PM Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday.
Raffi’s on 5th is located in Fifth Avenue Station at 200 East 5th Ave. just north of the Burlington Train Station.
FYI: Raffi’s on 5th specializes in Mediterranean cuisine. Items on the menu include steaks, chops, pasta, and fresh fish. Standouts include a variety of vegetarian dishes, as well as frequent lamb specials. While this is owner Raffi Demerdjian’s first venture, his family has been in the restaurant business for 40 years.
In the meantime, for more information, visit www.raffison5th.com.