Descendant of a family of Lebanese cooks, Bechara, the founder of SALAMEH Restaurant has always dreamt of running his own restaurant in the heart of the holy land of St. Charbel. Baby steps and leaps of faith brought the founder to where he is today. He moved from being a waiter at the Casino du Liban in the late 1960s to being a Chef de Rang at the Café De Paris in the 70s; and after the war started in Beirut, he went back to Byblos where he first listened to his entrepreneurial spirit by opening his own grocery shop and growing it to make it a mini-market of choice in 1980. He was so determined to realize his dream, that within few years he saw his dream come true by opening SALAMEH Restaurant in 1st of June 1984 in Annaya. A yearning for hospitality later led Bechara to expand the 240 people restaurant that was before to a facility that can easily accommodate about 1000 people, giving them the options of dining indoor or outdoor, in the shade or under the lit skies. Bechara’s story is one of guts and determination to follow his dreams of being his own boss and sharing his love of people and cuisine. "Don't lose focus – just do it," says Bechara of starting a business.