Charles Khabouth pays tribute to Lebanese roots with new restaurant Amal

For the first time in Charles Khabouth’s 30+year career, with over 20 hospitality venues in operation and five more in the works, the award-winning restaurateur and Beirut-born entrepreneur will pay tribute to his Lebanese roots with the opening of Amal, a modern Lebanese cuisine restaurant, this spring in Toronto.

Designed by the award-winning design firm and long-time partner Studio Munge, Amal will completely reinvent the Bloor Street space formerly occupied by the hospitality powerhouse’s La Société. Offering an undeniable modern charm, the look and feel of the venue is inspired by traditional Lebanese architecture and design.

“I have wanted to open a Lebanese restaurant for many years,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “As a native of Lebanon, ensuring authenticity was paramount. Last year, members of the INK team and I travelled there to curate the best it has to offer and bring to Amal. We have one of the best executive chefs from Beirut, we worked with one of the Middle East’s biggest design firms to create the brand, and we handpicked and imported the restaurant’s décor and dishware. I believe this level of authenticity will elevate our city’s dining scene to new heights.”

Executive Chef Rony Ghaleb joins the INK Entertainment team with more than 25 years of progressive experience as a chef at some of the most renowned hospitality venues in Lebanon. Chef Ghaleb’s menu will feature contemporary versions of traditional shared plates. Amal will be open for lunch and dinner daily, with brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays.

The second location in Coconut Grove, Miami is scheduled to open later this year.

Head to www.amalrestaurants.com for more information.

INK Entertainment to open two new restaurants at Celino South Beach Hotel

INK Entertainment is proud to announce the opening of two new culinary concepts – designed by Navigate – inside the new luxury boutique hotel, Celino South Beach, located on Ocean Drive in Miami, Florida. Alongside the property’s unveiling in April 2019, Patrick Ochs, the renowned Corporate Executive Chef for INK Entertainment USA, will launch his Italian concept, Pubblica Italiana, alongside Dalia, his latest Mediterranean venture.

Both restaurants, as well as all in-room dining, poolside dining services and hotel bars, will be managed and operated by INK Entertainment and will be its second largest project in South Florida – the first being the highly celebrated and successful Byblos inside the Royal Palm Hotel.

“We are thrilled to expand our culinary portfolio in Miami in partnership with Ricardo Tabet and Optimum Development,” said Charles Khabouth, Founder and CEO of INK Entertainment. “We are looking forward to making Celino South Beach a true culinary destination that we have no doubt will completely revolutionize Ocean Drive with exceptional class, cuisine and design.”

Inside Pubblica Italiana, Italian-inspired cuisine will meet locally sourced, high-quality ingredients. Rich flavours commands the menu and highlights handmade artisanal breads and pastas set to impress future patrons. An extensive wine list will feature the highest grade selections reputable wineries from around the world. The bright and contemporary interior compliments the modern sophistication and old-world aesthetic, as well as the balance of food, culture and design inside the space.

Dalia and its menu will bring some of the Mediterranean’s most celebrated delicacies South Beach. Described as simple and elegant, Dalia will apply a modern approach to classic dishes; with chefs visible in the kitchen, alongside an illuminated display of fresh oysters and an authentic wood-fired oven. The extensive drink menu will feature cocktails, as well as carefully curated list of international wines to compliment the seafood-centric fare.

“I am extremely eager to announce this partnership with INK Entertainment, who’s two new culinary conceptions will infuse originality, passion and world-renowned cuisine into our newest property in Miami’s most iconic locale,” said Ricardo Tabet, Co-Founder and CEO of Optimum Group. “We aim to bring an entirely new lifestyle of indulgence to South Beach with the Celino project, ensuring unparalleled accommodations, exquisite globally-influenced dining options and a genuine luxurious guest experience to help revive the street as an authentic hotspot once again”.

The restaurants, courtyard and cocktail bar will be located at The Celino South Beach, opening Spring 2019, on 640 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida. For more information, head to www.TheCelinoHotel.com

 

Gabrielle Union celebrates birthday at Byblos Miami

Actress, activist and author Gabrielle Union celebrated her 46th birthday this past weekend inside Byblos Miami. The event had an old school hip-hop theme with guests dressing in attire to match. Union celebrated with her spouse and NBA player Dwayne Wade, family, friends such as Fat Joe, plus a surprise performance by rapper Lil Kim.

Check out highlights from the party below.

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Drake & Diddy enjoy a late-night dinner at Byblos Miami

Miami hot-spot and ICONINK property Byblos hosted a two important guests this week – Toronto’s own Drake and rap mogul Diddy bonded over a late-night meal. Sources say, “Diddy and Drake ended up being the last two people in the restaurant, leaving just before 1 AM”. The two have been in Miami spending time with mutual friend and producer DJ Khaled and rumours are swirling around whether the trio will drop a surprise mixtape.

Heading to Miami in the next few months? Check out one of the city’s top restaurants and experience a meal that will have you staying into the early hours of the morning. Reservations can be made on the Byblos Miami website. If you want to dine like Diddy & Drake, but cannot quite make it to Miami, reservations can be made for Byblos Toronto here.

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