Another Popular Restaurant In Beirut Closes Due To Economic Difficulties

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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.

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A little bit of sunshine and warmer memories 🌻

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“This has been an extraordinarily difficult decision made after much deliberation, calculation, and soul searching,” wrote the bistro on social media.

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#escape

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“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.”

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Make it your home.

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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.

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Never a dull moment 😌

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“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.

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Beloved friends, It is with a heavy heart that we are sharing the news that Dar is closing its doors. This has been an extraordinarily difficult decision made after much deliberation, calculation and soul searching. 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. The outpouring of love, support and tears our dear staff and customers have shared with us has really been beyond what we could have ever imagined. We are genuinely overwhelmed, touched, humbled and completely honored by it. Dar could not have been what it became had it not been for your faith and role in it. Dar belongs to us all. It’s about more than just good food. Dar embodies love, friendship, creativity and inclusivity. It is a place where truly everyone is welcome. To our incredible staff, both you who are with us now and you have been with us in the past, there is so much to say. Thank you for making Dar your own and capturing and exuding its very spirit. Thank you for your hard work, your devotion, your smiles and your energy. You are the very core of Dar’s community. You are our family. Thank you for being who you are.  We love and appreciate you more than we can express. Dear customers, thank you for making us a part of your lives. You are our community. Thank you for making Dar your cornerstone for lunches, dinners, coffees, brunches, talks, dates, work meetings, book signings, marriage proposals, anniversaries, going away parties, birthdays, family outings, storytelling nights . . . the list goes on. It has really been such an honor. 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.

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