East Sacramento, California Joon Market fusion restaurant closing


Joon Market, a hip East Sacramento eatery that has balanced its owners’ diverse cultural backgrounds, will close for good next month.

Feb. 11 will be the last day of service at 5401 H St., co-owner Saba Rahimian announced in an Instagram post on Tuesday.

“To say it’s been a wild ride only scratches the surface of everything we’ve been through and felt over the past year and a half,” Rahimian’s post read. “We struggled with constant pivots, we kept moving forward to build something we hoped you would love, and in the end we met the most remarkable people in Sacramento.”

Rahimian opened Joon Market with partner Seth Helmly in January 2021 after the two returned from Austin. Originally from Sacramento, Rahimian moved his Granola Girl food truck to Texas in 2016.

“Joon” translates to “life” or “spirit” in Farsi, Rahimian’s first language, and the restaurant offers Middle Eastern dishes in a modern light alongside those of Texas native Helmly. Shakshuka with lamb meatballs shared the menu with carnitas and oatmeal, as well as dishes like kimchi pancakes and cubano sandwiches from beyond the owners’ origins.

In June 2021, Joon Market was named among The Sacramento Bee’s list of “Sacramento’s 30 Best Restaurants Open During COVID”.

This story was originally published January 26, 2022 4:27 p.m.

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Benjy Egel covers local restaurants and bars for The Sacramento Bee as well as breaking general news and investigative projects. A native of Sacramento, he previously covered affairs for the Amarillo Globe-News in Texas.

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