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Ali Zarbashi


Born in 1952 and raised in Tehran, Iran, Ali Zarbashi moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1978 on a student visa. He began his restaurant career making pizzas at Pizza Hut. Zarbashi also bussed tables at the Ambassador Restaurant, an Atlanta establishment.

In 1980 when Bone’s was brand new to the Buckhead dining scene, Zarabashi was looking for an extra job. He started as a server’s assistant and by 1982 was hired as a waiter. Bone’s uses a two person service team, and Zarbashi always works as the back waiter. Zarbashi is now the most senior staff member at Bone’s Steakhouse.

Date of interview:
2019-09-24

Interviewer:
Annemarie Anderson

Photographer:
Henri Hollis

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