Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.
Marouf Abouzaki, alongside his wife opened London’s 1st Maroush restaurant on Edgware Road in 1981 with the aim of serving Londoners authentic Lebanese food made the traditional way. Since then, the brand grew to include 16 outlets boasting 5 F&B concepts. These include more formal dining at Maroush Gardens, live entertainment in a more relaxed atmosphere at both Maroush Vere Street and Maroush I, Ranoush Juice offering freshly squeezed natural juice to accompany the food, as well as Maroush Bakehouse, where customers can get freshly baked artisan and Lebanese breads, sweets and cakes.
In addition, Abouzaki also launched Beirut Express under the Marroush brand, which was followed by a second branch that closed a while back before reopening recently where the original Maroush restaurant was located. Beirut Express is famous for its classic mezze and Lebanese ‘good time’ attitude. It is a fast-paced, spirited and overwhelmingly friendly F&B concept reflecting the authentic identity stemming from Beirut’s cultural roots. It serves fresh shawarma meat on a daily basis prepared using a marinating process that has been carefully perfected over the years. Whether sitting down to a relaxed dinner or rushing in for a quick self-serve lunch, the effort, passion and skill that goes into the creation of every dish is guaranteed to have guests returning for more.Add to Favorites