Kitch ties up with Lebanon’s iconic restaurant Barbar to expand operations in Dubai and other GCC key cities

Dubai, UAE: Kitch, the region’s first hybrid, delivery-focused, cloud kitchen and premium store-front operator, has announced its partnership with Barbar to expand the operations of the iconic Lebanese restaurant to key cities throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). 

Following the franchise agreement with Kitch, the first Barbar restaurant in the GCC will open in Dubai to be followed by further expansion in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The new 600 square metre Barbar restaurant, located in Hessa Street, will offer both dine-in and delivery services. 

Eight restaurants and cloud kitchens will be opened in the UAE, and 20 of them will be opened in Saudi Arabia, four of which will start operating in Riyadh in the second quarter of this year. Kitch will also open two Barbar restaurants in Qatar by beginning of 2022.

Mohammad Ghaziri launched Barbar in 1979 as a small ‘Manouche’ bakery in front of the famous Piccadilly theatre in the heart of Beirut. Within the first few years of opening, the restaurant gained fame for its delicious manouchés and was visited by singers, artists, and celebrities who performed at the theatre. 

Snack et pizzeria Barbar, Rue Spears, Moussaitbé, Beyrouth, Liban

As a family business, Barbar was built from the ground up over the years, introducing new products such as shawarma, falafel, fatayer, grills, burgers, ice creams and fruit cocktails to its extensive menu. Barbar has never closed its establishments and continues to remain open 24/7, even during the pandemic and periods of strife. Today, more than a comfort food outlet, Barbar is one of the most-acclaimed restaurants in Lebanon and regarded as a tourist attraction. 

Walid Hajj, Co-founder and CEO of Kitch, said: “We are honored to represent Barbar and look forward to bringing the 40-year-old signature recipes and authentic flavours of Lebanon to key cities in the GCC through our hybrid model. As part of our franchise agreement, we will be serving the world-class offerings and the delectable menu of Barbar through our premium store-front facilities and cloud-kitchens in the region.”

Mohammad Al Ghaziri, founder of Barbar, stated that Barbar plans to expand its operations globally based on its fame in Lebanon. He said: “We are thrilled to partner with Kitch as we focus on expanding our business to international markets. With this strategic partnership, we will be able to accelerate our expansion plans and bolster our presence in key markets in a relatively short span of time.”


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