When owner Paymon Raouf of Las Vegas-based Paymon’s Mediterranean Café & Hookah Lounge ordered a special seasoning blend from a spice company for his french fries, he noticed his employees coughing whenever they used the blend.
“When I read the ingredients, I realized the company used additives to the blend to cut costs,” Raouf said. “I knew I had to do this myself.”
In 2007, Raouf opened the Las Vegas Spice Co. and started making special blends for his friends in the restaurant industry. (Read More)
By ANN FRIEDMAN
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Hello friends and esteemed colleagues,
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, my experience, and what Spice Bazaar is all about. My name is Paymon Raouf and 26 years ago I stared my first restaurant called Paymon’s Mediterranean Café and Lounge. The restaurant continues to thrive today with two locations in Las Vegas. (Read More)
Across from the hostess stand in Paymon’s Mediterranean Cafe & Lounge on Maryland Parkway is a little door hidden behind a plant stand. It leads into a tiny room, not much more than a closet, thick with the heady aromas of a Middle Eastern bazaar. The storage racks are stacked ceiling-high with bags and bottles of Turkish turmeric, Syrian Aleppo pepper and Persian sumac. A small counter offers some workspace alongside a modest spice-bottling machine. (Read More)