Beirut Restaurant, a Lebanese eatery that opened 11 years ago at 184 River St. in Troy, will close after business on Saturday, according to a post on its Facebook page. The owners are semi-retiring, according to the note, but will continue to offer catering.
This is not how I wanted to start my Thursday. Beirut Restaurant is somewhat of a hidden gem in Troy, mostly because its location is at the tail end of River Street where only even the most adventurous farmers market goers will wander on a Saturday morning. It’s just a little off of Troy’s main streets, and the storefront itself could be something you’d probably pass right on by if you didn’t know all about the amazing food being prepared on the other side of their door.
Earlier this month, the restaurant owners announced they would be semi-retiring and closing the physical location of the restaurant this Saturday. Now, there are a few bits of good news here. #1 is that Beirut will continue its catering business, and #2 is that this husband and wife duo is quite literally the nicest and cutest couple and I am so very happy to hear they will be enjoying semi-retirement (whatever that means).
You can read their full announcement here:
I spent a good part of the past three years working just two doors down from Beirut, and every single day I showed up to work I was greeted with a smile and a wave from these two extremely hard working people. I can say with 1,000% confidence, too, that all of my hummus and pita and mezza platters were made with a whole lot of love. A restaurant like Beirut, to me, looks like the American Dream. Cooking up the food and flavors from your homeland, getting yourself so many loyal customers, opening up new people to new dining experiences, and just working so damn hard with a smile on your face the entire time.
So, if you haven’t ever had a chance to check out Beirut and try a real-deal Lebanese meal, I suggest you cancel your current lunch plans and head their before the end of their final business day on River street this Saturday.