About Hrant Arakelian
Hrant Arakelian was born in Lebanon and raised in Muscat, Oman. Before his arrival into professional kitchens, Hrant worked with restauranteur Randy Rayburn at long-time Hillsboro Village staple Sunset Grill. He honed his skills at Flyte World Dining & Wine, and in 2008, Hrant was offered the Sous Chef position at Zola’s. His time spent working under the local legend Deb Paquette led him to management and sous positions at the Amerigo Company and beyond. Hrant has held Sous and Executive Chef positions at Rumours East, Adeles, Butchertown Hall, The Holland House Bar & Refuge, and most recently as Chef de Cuisine at Deb Paquette’s flagship kitchen, Etch. After almost two decades of honing his skill, Hrant and his wife Liz (industry veteran and long-standing former Beverage Director of East Nashville’s Lockeland Table) finally set out on their own project. Hrant’s passion for the family tradition and food of his childhood matched by Liz’s curious spirit for wine and libations, and their shared dream of bringing modern middle eastern food to their neighbors has delivered Lyra to East Nashville.