By Karen Billing
The Pantry restaurant in the Rancho Santa Fe village has been sold and will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 16, under new ownership with slight tweaks to the menu.
Mozy Jahanguiri, who has a background in restaurants in Chicago, Minneapolis and Dallas, purchased the eatery on Jan. 1.
The restaurant on Paseo Delicias was undergoing some renovations this week as Jahanguiri built a new wine cellar for his collection of over 2,000 bottles of French and American wines.
The Pantry name and menu will remain mostly the same.
“We will add more fish, more beef and other changes slowly, not right away,” Jahanguiri said.
Jahanguiri, who has an MBA and serves as an advisor to Southern Methodist University, was looking to get back into the restaurant business and moved to California from Texas to find a “quiet place to live.” He also moved to be closer to his 24-year-old son who served two tours in Afghanistan as a special forces Marine and is now attending Palomar College.
Jahanguiri said the restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, as well as late night offerings until 10 p.m.