More than 20 Lebanese concepts with global potential

More than 20 Lebanese concepts with global potential

Lebanon has an impressive track record for producing successful entrepreneurs, including F&B business leaders who have taken their concepts to new heights worldwide through franchising. HN is delighted to shine a spotlight here on six Lebanese companies offering a multitude of exciting partnerships for their concepts, which range from casual and high-end restaurants to lounge bars and beach clubs.


Company and concept available for franchise
Al Abdalla is a Lebanese chargrilled chicken restaurant chain, launched in 1999, which aims to become the biggest in its field globally by 2035.
Founded: November 1999.
Cuisine: Lebanese chargrilled chicken.
Country of origin: Lebanon
Owner’s name: Hussein Al Abdalla
Initial franchise fee: USD 50,000
Benefits: Trademark, marketing, consultation, training and high ROI (20-30% profit)
A word from the owner: “Thrilled to expand the Al Abdalla legacy globally, serving our renowned grilled chicken. Join us on this culinary journey – authenticity, quality and success define our franchise partnership.”
Number of outlets per country
Current: Lebanon (16), UAE (3), Iraq (2) and Qatar (2)
Opening soon: Oman, Greece and Germany.


Company: B&K Holding was founded in 2017 to provide unique F&B experiences, from Lebanese, Italian and Japanese restaurants to food halls. Its portfolio includes renowned concepts such as: Habib Beirut, Azzurro, Suburbia, Karam al Bahr, Olivo, Mikel Coffee company, Wok & Roll, Shawarma Box, Chikky Chick, 8 Cuts, Happy Cream, Cheezy Burger, Salsalada, Man2oushe w noss and many more. B&K Holding has a presence in six countries across 12 brands with a proven track record. The group is now expanding further across the region and in Europe.
Concepts available for franchising
Habib Beirut: traditional Lebanese cuisine, including breakfast, mezze and barbecue, in a casual setting (2017)
La Brasseria: elegant all-day dining concept, combining Mediterranean and European cuisine, set to open in Dubai Marina and Sharjah in 2024.
Country of origin: Lebanon
Owner’s name: B&K Holding
Initial franchise fees: depends on location
Benefits: delivering unmatched culinary experiences, dedication to providing consistent quality in food and service, collaborating with skilled chefs.
A word from the owner: “Following on from Habib Beirut’s success, our goal is to have 15 Habib Beirut restaurants worldwide by the end of 2024.”
Number of outlets per country
Current: UAE (5), Iraq (2), Jordan (1), Bulgaria (1) and Oman (1) Opening soon: Cairo, Egypt; Muscat, Oman; AL Ain, Kalba and Khor Fakkan, Sharjah, UAE; and Baghdad, Iraq.


Company and concepts: Since 2011, 7 Management (7M) has pioneered hospitality development worldwide, crafting outstanding concepts and acclaimed brands, leading in restaurant, lounge, bar and club operations regionally. Concepts are: The Theater; February30; Limonata; Lucia’s; Antika; Sayf; Seven Sisters; Café Beirut; Black Flamingo; B018; Parasol; and Tamada.
Already franchised concepts available for franchising
Lucia’s: Italian cuisine (Doha)
Antika: Levantine fusion of Arabic/Lebanese cuisine (Doha) Country of origin: Lucia’s, Dubai, UAE (2022)
Country of origin: Antika, Beirut, Lebanon (2016)
Owner’s name: Rabih Fakhreddine
Initial franchise fees: N/A
Antika: embodies Lebanon’s history with Levantine cuisine and Lebanese flavors. Offers rich interiors, live shows and a memorable dining experience in Beirut, Dubai and Qatar.
Lucia’s: can host up to 638 guests, indoor/outdoor seating available. Stunning Capri-esque aesthetic and sophisticated yet authentic menu selections.
A word from the owner: “We’re confident Antika and Lucia’s will be a fantastic addition to Doha’s thriving food and beverage sector. Both venues ensure an exhilarating experience with exceptional food, ambiance and vibe.”
Number of outlets per country
Antika’s: Lebanon (1), Dubai (1) and Qatar (1)
Lucia’s: Dubai (1) and Qatar (1)


Company: Standalone Group is an investment and brand management company that creates, owns and manages restaurants and nightlife venues. Established in 2017, the group is currently planning to expand five F&B brands.
Concepts available for franchising
SPINE: unorthodox lounge bar, established in 2018 in Beirut, Lebanon
ANU: bohemian restaurant/bar, established in 2021 in Beirut, Lebanon
HIDE: nightclub and events venue, established in 2022 in Doha, Qatar
ELSE: fusion restaurant and cocktail bar, established in 2023 in Beirut, Lebanon
MR. PANTHER: high energy restaurant/bar, established in 2024 in Lagos, Nigeria
Owner’s name: Salim Ghanem
Initial franchise fees: determined by various factors, including the franchisee’s portfolio, the country and location of the franchise and the expansion.
Benefits: pre-opening support; developing design and layout; providing full-fledged franchise documentation to franchisee; sales & marketing; training; quality control; brand communication; and management system update.
A word from the owner: “Investing in a franchise can be a lucrative opportunity. One option offering a surefire recipe for success is buying a franchise of a restaurant with a proven track record, established credibility and a rich history.”



Company: Addmind is a privately owned hospitality group with a distinctive and growing international portfolio of restaurants, bars and lounges, beach clubs, nightlife venues and hotels.
Founded: 2001
Concepts available for franchising
Iris: lounge offering international cuisine with a Japanese twist Clap: Japanese fine dining restaurant
Bazaar: club offering international cuisine
Mezcaleria: restaurant lounge offering Tex Mex cuisine with a twist Bar du Port: restaurant lounge offering international cuisine with a French twist
Yamas: Greek restaurant offering Greek cuisine
Aria: restaurant-club offering Japanese cuisine with a Peruvian twist Aria Pool: pool and lounge offering international cuisine
Bdp beach: beach, lounge and restaurant offering Mediterranean cuisine
Sucre: Fine dining restaurant offering Argentinian cuisine with a twist Country of origin: Lebanon
Owner’s name: Tony Habre
Initial franchise fees and benefits: will depend on the concept franchised.
Number of outlets per country
Lebanon (14), UAE (18), Egypt (1), UK (3), KSA (3), Qatar (1) and Bahrain (1)

tony habre


Company: MEC currently owns and manages four concepts: Esco-bar, a Tex-Mex bar restaurant with nine branches in Lebanon, UAE and Egypt; Kaffeine; Lock Stock; and Stairway, Beirut, Lebanon Founded: 2000
Concepts available for franchising:
Esco-Bar Coctel Y Cocina: a cocktail bar with exotic creations that include bestsellers Margarita on the Rocks, Daiquiris and sizzling fajitas.
Country of origin: Lebanon
Owner’s name: Marc Chehade
Initial franchise fees: to be discussed.
A word from the owner: “In addition to creating original identities and bold concepts that ensure long life spans, what makes MEC a strong player in a highly competitive field is our ability to identify and envision perfect locations for each new venue in a way that obtains the best possible traffic and exposure.”
Number of outlets per country: Lebanon (7), UAE (1) and Egypt (1)

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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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