Lebanon’s Iconic Barbar Is Expanding To The Gulf


During a time where Lebanon is suffering a myriad of crises, from the economic crisis to the pandemic, the country’s F&B industry has been hit severely.

Out of the gloom, the iconic Beirut restaurant/snack Barbar has set its sight on a bright future in the Arab Gulf (GCC).

Barbar has signed a franchise agreement with a Dubai-based hybrid cloud kitchen/storefront company, Kitch, which will facilitate the expansion of the restaurant’s operation through the GCC.

The restaurant is to open this year in Dubai, as well as in 8 other spots in the United Arab Emirates. In Saudi Arabia, it will open in 20 locations. Additionally, two more Barbar restaurants will come to life in Qatar by 2022, according to Gulf Business.

The Lebanese-born restaurant started off as a family bakery in 1979. Defying wars and crises, the restaurant hadn’t closed a day in its life, until the pandemic forced it to.

Over the years the restaurant had become a hot spot for tourists seeking the taste of authentic Lebanese street food.

Now it will take Lebanese street food to the Arab Gulf and perpetuate the flavors of Lebanon through the region.

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