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Loyal customers rallying to save Duke House of Kabob and Market in Alexandria

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At Duke House of Kabob and Market, the hottest thing is not the grill. It is the discussion of what is happening to this neighborhood institution. To Khosrou Nazemzadeh, it feels like a disaster.

"Tornado, earthquake because I realized what I built for the last 20 years would be destroyed in two months. Just like that," says Nazemzadeh.

He and his wife came to the United States from Iran back in 1986. They eventually opened Duke Kabob on Little River Turnpike in the Alexandria area.

"Family atmosphere,” says Craig Holmes, who has been eating at Duke Kabob for 10 years now. “When you come in, it's the same people every time. They treat you like you're one of their own.”

That may soon end. The lease is up, and in March, Nazemzadeh received a certified letter telling him he has to vacate the building by September 30.

He says he was not given a fair chance to negotiate new rent.

We reached out to the management company, Paragon, and an employee told FOX 5: "There is nothing we want to say about that."

Nazemzadeh says he is touched by the 1,200 petition signatures at change.org and at the restaurant. He hopes something will change that will allow him to stay at the restaurant he loves.

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