Emotional goodbye: Original Paymon’s Mediterranean Café shuts its doors

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It’s the end of an era for a popular Las Vegas restaurant.  The original Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafe shut its doors for good Friday night.

“This pretty much was our life for the past 31 years,” said Paymon Raouf.

Raouf says employees will be moved to the other two locations on W. Sahara Ave. near Durango and S. Eastern Ave. near the 215.

“This is a second home for a lot of us,” he said.  

Raouf says he made the tough decision after addressing concerns with homelessness near his business, along with the ongoing construction.

“We know that the next 5 years these streets are going to be torn apart,” Raouf said.

But, he’ll never forget all of the memories and stories like Robby Leblanc.

“She put a tip in my jar. I asked her if she ever read the book Way of the Peaceful Warrior,’ and she says I have and we were actually together ever since,” Leblanc said.

Leblanc is talking about his wife. He met her at Paymon’s 20 years ago.

“She passed away about a year ago, but she would have loved being here tonight. This was her favorite restaurant in the whole world, and we came here a lot.”

The Paymon’s sign will come down early next week. It will be taken to the Neon Museum. 

“I’m going to miss this place. It just has so many memories. I’m so blessed to have had Paymon in my life because it truly has changed the whole course of my life. We’ll be supporting him at other locations,” Leblanc said.

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