Lebanon has been at the forefront of the F&B business since the 2000’s and at the heart of the action was MEC (Managing and Engineering f&b Concepts), managed by its CEO Mark Chehade.
Back then, Mark was a soon-to-be civil engineer graduate from LAU. But his vision of “engineering” was different than most. Led by his passion for nightlife, he noticed a gap in the sector and sought to do something about it. The result was success. In 2000, his first endeavor was a pub in Monot called Rounders. Multiple success stories followed, sprouting in each of the Lebanese restaurant/bar hubs, from Gemmayze to Hamra.
MEC currently owns and manages 7 outlets in total: Lock Stock in Mar Mikhael, a café/bar with live music 2 days a week, Stairway, a unique rooftop just above Lock Stock, La Palma, a Tex-Mex bar/restaurant in Hamra’s Makdessi street, Room for Three, a café bar in Badaro, and Pablo Escobar, also a Tex-Mex bar/restaurant with three outlets, in The Village Dbayeh, The Backyard Hazmieh and Printania Hotel in Broumana and Qlayaat.
In addition to creating original identities and bold concepts that ensure long life spans, what makes MEC such a strong player in a highly competitive field is that they can identify and envision the perfect locations for each new venue, in a way that will get the best traffic and exposure possible. As their name suggests, MEC creates these concepts from scratch. With a handpicked team of specialists in design, construction, graphics, F&B menu selection and engineering, entertainment, and marketing, MEC has created an independently-driven entity where each player has his own role to fill while operating within a larger teamwork-based unit where everyone assumes the role of managing partner. This is what allows us to bring out the best results possible.
Who is the team behind MEC? Simply some of the best people in the industry, namely: Gilbert Saad, (Operations Manager), Chadi Abboud (Beverage Manager), Chef Hanna Tawil (Executive Chef), and Ramy Touma Halabi (Entertainment and Marketing Manager).
For MEC, the road ahead is filled with new and not yet imagined f&b concepts that will be sure to keep you entertained. Stay tuned.