Lunch downtown just got a bit less delicious: Sultan’s Kitchen, at 116 State St., has closed its doors after 36 years in business, according to an e-mail from owner Ozcan Ozan.
The restaurant — hailed by former Globe food editor Sheryl Julian for its “wonderful” food — was known for fresh vegetables, stuffed grape leaves, and sandwiches like pita stuffed with baba ghanoush.
Ozan was a chef in Europe before coming to the United States. In Boston, he cooked at Ferdinand’s, the French restaurant in Cambridge, before opening his downtown storefront. He also wrote a 1998 cookbook, “Sultan’s Kitchen: A Turkish Cookbook.”
In the e-mail, Ozan said he had lost the lease for the State Street building and will miss his loyal customers.
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