Homegrown Lebanese concept Esco-bar Coctel y Cocina expands in the UAE  

Homegrown Lebanese concept Esco-bar Coctel y Cocina expands in the UAE  

Esco-bar Coctel y Cocina has opened its doors in the stylish Palm West Beach Dubai. The casual bar-restaurant oozes authentic Latin culture with its cuisine, range of beverages, intricate interiors and vivacious vibes.

With seven outlets in Lebanon and one in Cairo, the focus of Marc Chehade, CEO at MEC Hospitality, and his partners is to continuously create spaces that evoke the best memories, with an emphasis on quality food and service.

The interior boasts Hispanic artistry, from the intricately verdant décor that depicts the old streets of Latin-American neighborhoods to neutral wood accents. Esco-bar’s aim is to transport guests from the streets of Colombia to Cuba and immerse them in the culture and atmosphere of the region, achieved by lush greenery and pops of yellow, chic lounges and dining areas, including an outdoor terrace.

Whether diners are seeking a wholesome meal or light bites, Esco-bar Coctel y Cocina offers flavorsome Latin American cuisine with favorites such as fajitas, pollo Cubano, pescado de Esco-Bar and camarones a la criolla. Lighter snacks include guacamole, calamar a la parilla and rolitos de salmon y mango. Some of Esco-bar’s palette-cleansing sweet treats include the fusion de chocolate and the torrijas caramelizadas. With a chic bar area, guests can enjoy a wide range of cocktails curated in true Esco-bar style. Drink highlights include the brand’s classic Latin American-influenced cocktails, such as a selection of Peruvian-style piscos, the El Hombre Dorado and Naranja Roja, to name a few.


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Rita Ghantous

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.

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