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By Elena Kadvany

Downtown Palo Alto?s Sabrosa Taqueria shutters

Uploaded: Apr 3, 2014

Sabrosa Taqueria at 448 University Ave. in downtown Palo Alto has closed its doors, signaling the end of an era for longtime local restaurateur Dar Nafar.

Nafar could not be immediately reached for comment, but the Weekly has often written about his past ventures. With his wife Soussan, Dar opened Robaii Falafel and Persian on the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Cowper Street in 1998. In its twelfth year of business, the Persian restaurant closed after in 2010. The Nafars next opened Thyme to Eat at the 448 University space in October 2012.

Dar and Soussan also operated Best Bite Restaurant on El Camino Real in Mountain View in the late 1990s. Read a 1996 Weekly review of the shoebox Persian restaurant.

The shuttered space on University Avenue.

The Daily Post reported last week that Sushirrito, a casual sushi-burrito hybrid restaurant from San Francisco, is taking over the downtown space. Owners Peter Yen and Ty Mahler could not be reached for comment.

Sushirrito slings made-to-order burrito-sized sushi rolls, all between $9 and $12 and stuffed with Asian- and Latin-style ingredients ? sort of like a larger hand roll. Check out the eatery's Yelp page for a better idea.

This would be Sushirrito's first foray south, following three locations in the city. The move would make that block home to three San Francisco transplants -- Umami Burger at 452 University and Chantal Guillon at 444 University, with Sushirrito between.

Stay tuned for more concrete details on the future of 448 University Ave.