Lamb House, Husk Beirut, and Lahmajun are the latest in Lebanese businesses expanding out of their birth country to explore opportunities in other parts of the MENA region.
Jumping back from the heavy burden of the pandemic, the three popular local food spots are eyeing a good future over in the United Arab Emirates in a time where business in Lebanon is made difficult due to the local economic crisis.
The big move is being made possible through a UAE-based cloud kitchen platform for virtual restaurants called “kaykroo.”
The launch is taking place as part of the company’s Entrepreneur Programme in which it is also moving an Istanbul restaurant, Nelipide.
They aren’t alone. Many Lebanese businesses, especially in the food and beverages industry, have been looking for deals outside of Lebanon to keep their establishments afloat in light of the economic reality.
The popular Beirut restaurant Swiss Butter also opened in Dubai last year. Similarly, the iconic Barbar snack shack is expanding across the GCC.
Back in October, we reported that the Lebanese-owned restaurants L’avenue du Parc, Séray, Lilly’s Cafe, and Kampai were franchising out to Egypt.
And recently, Tripoli’s famous breakfast spot Akra opened up in Dubai.