When Z Pizza arrived from California, opening pizzerias around the Washington area, it seemed unlikely that the chain would be starting a trend. Along came Z-Burger a year later; more recently, Rawal Kabob in Falls Church changed its name to Z Kabob.
What’s in a letter?
Peter Tabibian, owner of Z-Burger branches in DC’s Tenleytown and Glover Park, claims the name is pure coincidence, though the presumed connection has hardly hindered sales. As for Z Kabob, a manager insists that the kebab house wanted to distinguish itself from its parent operation in Chantilly, also named Rawal Kabob. But why Z? Why not C?
This article appears in the November 2010 issue of The Washingtonian.
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