15 restaurants and cafés
by ‘7 Management’ in Gulf
Expansion to create
60 job opportunities
Street food concept Super Snack El Kbeer and café Kahwet Beirut will expand to the UAE in 2020.
‘7 Management’, a creator of restaurant and bar concepts, signed a franchise partnership with Food Quest, a UAE restaurant operator. They plan to open four branches for each concept (eight outlets) in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, according to Rabih Fakhreddine, CEO of ‘7 Management’. ‘7 Management’ has an equity of 20 percent in these new branches. The company took Antika Bar to Dubai in 2019 and ‘7 Sisters’ restaurant in 2018.
Antika bar will also expand to Doha in September 2020 through a partnership with Alfardan Group, a hospitality services provider in Qatar and the region.
‘7 Management’ is also in the process of expanding its concepts Kahwet Beirut and Antika bar to Jeddah, Riyadh and Cairo, starting in the middle of 2020. Four outlets are planned for Saudi Arabia and two for Cairo. “We are in the process of establishing subsidiaries in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, similar to that of UAE market,” said Fakhreddine.
This expansion plan is expected to create around 60 job opportunities in Lebanon, according to Fakhreddine.
Lebanese restaurants are performing well in the Gulf market, according to Fakhreddine. “Lebanese hospitality brands will continue expanding abroad,” he said.
“The local market will continue to be a test field for new brands. Concept experimentation is less costly compared to other countries,” said Fakhreddine.
Fakhreddine said that his company continues with its previous plans for the local market and will open ‘Studio 30’ bar in Mar Mikhael, and Beit, a Greek Mediterranean restaurant, in Gemmayze this year. In December 2019, the company opened ‘Feb 30’, a pub in Mar Mikhael.
‘7 Management’ that was founded by a group of young entrepreneurs is also the company behind Latifa Bar, Sayf, and Raii.
Reported by Gisele Khalaf
Date Posted: Feb 18, 2020