So Far… 21 Establishments in Mar Mikhael & Gemmayze Were Supported for Reconstruction

So Far… 21 Establishments in Mar Mikhael & Gemmayze Were Supported for Reconstruction


The Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafés, Night-Clubs and Pastries in Lebanon and Hospitality Services in collaboration with Apave, come to the rescue of the Beirut’s restaurant sector with NUSANED.

As a result of the Beirut Port blast, which occurred on August 4, 2020, the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafés, Night-Clubs and Pastries in Lebanon, with its long-time partner Hospitality Services and Apave, sprang into action to support the capital’s ailing restaurant sector.

Hospitality Services, in collaboration with Apave, prepared a preliminary a qualitative and quantitative report to estimate the damage incurred by Lebanon’s restaurant industry.

“It is with great pleasure that we collaborate once more with the Syndicate to work hand in hand for the greater good of the industry during these critical times,” said Joumana Salame, managing director of Hospitality Services.

“The objective was to create a file that will be shared with the international community and potential donors within the network of the Syndicate and Hospitality Services. An application form was created to allow all facilities affected by the explosion to submit an overview estimation of the losses,” added Nassib Nasr, managing director of Apave.

Tony Ramy, president of the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafés, Night-Clubs and Pastries in Lebanon, stated that: “We are collaborating with the Order of Lawyers (Beirut Bar Association) and filing a complaint against the Lebanese government to hold the parties or individuals involved accountable. Three regions most heavily affected by the port blast were: Greater Beirut, Metn and Baabda.

Because the overall estimate of direct losses in the aforementioned areas is around 315 million USD, the Syndicate decided to liaise with Nusaned to secure funds for the reconstruction of establishments that have been damaged or destroyed, as local donations are unable to cover the estimated costs.”
“Nusaned is a humanitarian, community-based and volunteer organization. We believe that the power to create change comes from working collaboratively. That is why we dedicated a sufficient budget to support the reconstruction of the damaged establishments, and so far, we have rehabilitated  21 restaurants in Mar Mikhael and Gemayze,” said Ghaida Nawam, co-founder and president of Nusaned.

Note: The Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, is launching additional initiatives that cover all establishments in Mar Mikhael and Gemayze, as well as the employees who used to work there. The said initiatives are supposed to be finalized before Christmas, and we shall announce them in the media soon.

Main pillar establishments were renovated and are underway to be operational to restore the vibe in the region. The names of the brands will be announced when they are fully operational following a visit of representatives from the Syndicate, Hospitality Services and Nusaned to their locations.


Editor’s note

In Greater Beirut, 1,408 out of 2,103 establishments were damaged:

  *   100% estimated losses in: Ashrafieh (366), Gemayzeh (90), Mar Mikhael (158), Saifi (23)
  *   87% loss in Downtown (100 out of 115 damaged)
  *   44% loss in Hamra (120 out of 270 damaged)
  *   41% loss in Verdun (35 out of 86 damaged)
In Metn, 481 out of 1,609 establishments were damaged:

  *   78% loss in Burj Hammoud (120 out of 154)
  *   61% loss in Sin el Fil (70 out of 114)
  *   32% loss in Baabda (207 out of 631)
  *   71% loss in Furn Chebbak (45 out of 63)
  *   44% loss in Hazmieh (45 out of 103)

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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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