6 Businesses That Rose From the Rubbles of Beirut’s Explosion

Published August 4th, 2021 - 05:09 GMT

On August 4th 2020, Lebanon witnessed the world's third largest explosion in the Port of Beirut that killed hundreds of lives, wounded thousands of victims, and left 300,000 of Beirut’s residents homeless. 

And despite all the challenges and the deteriorating economic situation in Lebanon, a lot of businesses managed to rise from the rubbles and start all over again.

Here are 6 businesses that refused to give up and rebuilt themselves after the deadly explosion:

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1. Beit El Laffé

1. Beit El Laffé: Pascale Laffe opened Beit El Laffe in 2019, after renovating her family home in Achrafieh in Beirut. The three-bedroom guesthouse and its garden offer travellers and Beirutis a quiet escape from the chaos of city life. The interior is romantic and bohemian, with furniture and decorations acquired by Pascale from around the world.

2. Sip Cafe

2. Sip Cafe: Established in 2017 at Gemmayze District in Beirut. Sip feels like a neighborhood cafe and operates as a ceremonious setting for coffee lovers to enjoy their beverages.

3. By The Slice

3. By The Slice: It is a restaurant located in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood, which was severely damaged in Beirut’s explosion. The restaurant serves the pizza in the known New Yorker style.

4. Kalei Coffee Co.

4. Kalei Coffee Co.: Kalei is a local coffee shop and micro-roastery in Beirut. There are two branches of this café in Beirut, one located in Mar Mikhael and the other in Ras Beirut.

5. Andrea Wazen

5. Andrea Wazen: The Lebanese designer Andrea Wazen launched her brand in 2013 after studying and getting her inspiration from the major capitals of fashion. Wazen’s boutique was severely affected by the explosion, but she managed to reopen its doors again to its loyal customers.

6. Hotel Lost

6. Hotel Lost: Michel Abchee and his wife Johanna opened Hotel Lost in 2019, after purchasing a derelict building on the main street of Gemmayze that was affected by Beirut’s explosion. The boutique hotel is located at the bottom of Beirut’s famous St Nicolas stairs and has 12 bedrooms, a restaurant and a bar for guests visiting Lebanon’s capital.

1. Beit El Laffé
2. Sip Cafe
3. By The Slice
4. Kalei Coffee Co.
5. Andrea Wazen
6. Hotel Lost
1. Beit El Laffé
1. Beit El Laffé: Pascale Laffe opened Beit El Laffe in 2019, after renovating her family home in Achrafieh in Beirut. The three-bedroom guesthouse and its garden offer travellers and Beirutis a quiet escape from the chaos of city life. The interior is romantic and bohemian, with furniture and decorations acquired by Pascale from around the world.
2. Sip Cafe
2. Sip Cafe: Established in 2017 at Gemmayze District in Beirut. Sip feels like a neighborhood cafe and operates as a ceremonious setting for coffee lovers to enjoy their beverages.
3. By The Slice
3. By The Slice: It is a restaurant located in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood, which was severely damaged in Beirut’s explosion. The restaurant serves the pizza in the known New Yorker style.
4. Kalei Coffee Co.
4. Kalei Coffee Co.: Kalei is a local coffee shop and micro-roastery in Beirut. There are two branches of this café in Beirut, one located in Mar Mikhael and the other in Ras Beirut.
5. Andrea Wazen
5. Andrea Wazen: The Lebanese designer Andrea Wazen launched her brand in 2013 after studying and getting her inspiration from the major capitals of fashion. Wazen’s boutique was severely affected by the explosion, but she managed to reopen its doors again to its loyal customers.
6. Hotel Lost
6. Hotel Lost: Michel Abchee and his wife Johanna opened Hotel Lost in 2019, after purchasing a derelict building on the main street of Gemmayze that was affected by Beirut’s explosion. The boutique hotel is located at the bottom of Beirut’s famous St Nicolas stairs and has 12 bedrooms, a restaurant and a bar for guests visiting Lebanon’s capital.

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