On Sunday, May 17th, Dar Bistro announced its decision to close, marking another loss for the food and beverage industry in Lebanon.
The shutting down of the quaint Hamra eatery came as bad news, shaking Beirut’s creative scene.
“This has been an extraordinarily difficult decision made after much deliberation, calculation, and soul searching,” wrote the bistro on social media.
“We really did our best, but during these tough times in the era of economic uncertainties and social distancing, we had to consider how to reconcile that with a space created to bring people together.”
Dar was more than just a place to grab a nice bite. Located in one of Beirut’s heritage houses, the international restaurant was also a haven for bookworms.
Its shelves were always full of all kinds of literature for readers who could grab any book and a coffee to just escape into another reality.
Situated in the heart of Beirut, it always took its guests visitors away from the city life with its simple village vibes, Fairuz on repeat, and colorful wooden chairs and tables in a small alleyway full of greenery.
Unfortunately, the place that brought together all kinds of artists and creative people is no longer, marking the end of an era.
“While endings are difficult, they come with new beginnings and silver linings. While we might not be in this same place at this time, our journey is not over. Till we meet again,” Dar concluded, hopeful.