Lebanese nightlife icon Esco-bar goes global

Lebanese nightlife icon Esco-bar goes global

Marc Chehade, CEO at MEC Hospitality, Esco-Bar

Esco-Bar, the celebrated Lebanese bar-restaurant concept by MEC Concepts, takes its global expansion to new heights with the opening of Esco-Bar Coctel y Cocina in Palm West Beach Dubai in 2022.

Led by Marc Chehade, CEO at MEC Hospitality, Esco-Bar has firmly established itself with a total of nine outlets, including seven in Lebanon, one in Cairo, and the Dubai addition. The brand is set to open soon another outlet in the UAE( location to be revealed soon), marking its continued global footprint, and is actively seeking franchisees for expansion into the MENA and GCC.

Crafting Latin Authenticity across the Middle East

Esco-Bar epitomizes authentic Latin culture through its cuisine, diverse beverage selection, intricate interiors, and vibrant ambiance. The casual bar restaurant seamlessly blends flavors from the streets of Colombia to Cuba, transporting guests with lush greenery, pops of yellow, chic lounges, and an inviting outdoor terrace.

The interior boasts Hispanic artistry, with verdant décor depicting old Latin- American neighbourhoods and neutral wood accents. Esco-Bar’s culinary offerings feature flavors from Latin American cuisine, including favourites 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. Indulgent desserts like fusion de chocolate and torrijas caramelizadas complete the culinary journey.

Esco-Bar’s bar area offers a wide range of cocktails curated in true Esco-Bar style. Highlights include classic Latin American influenced cocktails like Peruvian-style piscos, the El Hombre Dorado, and Naranja Roja, providing a delightful complement to the culinary offerings.

Future Ventures

As part of its ambitious expansion plans, Esco-Bar is set to open soon another outlet in the UAE solidifying its presence in the region. Moreover, the brand is actively seeking a franchisee for its expansion into the MENA and GCC inviting partners to join the Esco-Bar success story.

With a total of nine outlets spanning Lebanon, Dubai, and Cairo, Marc Chehade remains dedicated to creating spaces that evoke the best memories. The emphasis on quality food, service, and an authentic atmosphere remains at the forefront of Esco-Bar’s global expansion.

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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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