About Open Sesame
Beirut, Lebanon a country of contrasts and diversities, a place with many old traditions and much sophistication, where modern Lebanon stands alongside ancient ruins and old souks (market places), where trade still flourishes and the aroma of exotic spices fills the air. This is where I spent the first nineteen years of my life, never imagining the incredible journey I would take.
It was during those early years, working my summer vacations in a spice factory, where I learned to mix many exotic spices, and developed a love for healthy, flavorful food as well as an understanding that healthy food did not need to include any animal fats or additives in order to be considered… delicious...!
It was with this knowledge in 1988 that I arrived in Belmont Shore — a neighborhood that I instantly fell in love with, and had a vision. My vision then was to have a restaurant focusing on serving guests the most healthy, wholesome and delicious Lebanese food in a casual yet somewhat exotic ambience.
This vision, for me, became a reality in 1999 when I opened the doors and welcomed my first guests to Open Sesame. Now ten years later the vision continues to unfold as we embark on our latest venture a third location in Manhattan Beach…
To all our loyal guests who have continued to support and believe in us…we thank you and trust you will continue to tell us that we are “Your Favorite Restaurant”.
Ali Kobeissi, Founder
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