The Afghani eatery opened adjacent to the Comfort Suites hotel just off Roswell Road on Carpenter Drive.
The restaurant opened in early 2012, and in April received a two star review from John Kessler of the AJC. The restaurant also had a four star rating on Yelp, with 38 reviews having been left. A chunk of the reviews were left during the time the restaurant was featured on deal site Scoutmob.
Although I have been unable to determine an exact date when they closed, a source tells me it was "about two months ago." The restaurant's facebook was last updated June 16th, while their website and phone are both down.
Personally, I think the restaurant could have done well but in a different location. Panahar, for instance, is a popular Bangladeshi restaurant located within Northeast Plaza on Buford Highway. I think that a location on or near Buford Highway, towards Chamblee or Doraville, would have been better, given Buford Highway's reputation for ethnic dining.
Sandy Springs, although home to affluent residents, does not have the appetite for such an ethnic and niche offering. There are exceptions, like Rumi's Kitchen, but they have been in business for years, and have the advantage of being located on Roswell Road, not off a side street as Ariana was.
What would you like to see replace Ariana? Did you go, and will miss their offerings? What is your favorite restaurant in Sandy Springs? Please share your thoughts below.