Lebanese Restaurants Violating The Smoking Ban: 3enab, Gemmayze

I went to 3enab yesterday for the first time and I thought it was a very cool restaurant. I really liked the old-fashioned Lebanese architectural aspect of it. The food was good as well – after all, you can’t go terribly wrong with Lebanese food, which is the absolute best, and that is a fact.

As my friends and I settled down, a waiter came to us and asked if we wanted an arguile. I promptly asked him: isn’t smoking banned? He then replied: we’ll open this window:

Never mind that the window was tiny but apparently that’s enough to consider the room an “open space” – whatever that means. Soon enough, a couple coming for dinner ordered an arguile. The man was also smoking cigar.

As we finished having dinner and turned around to leave, we were surprised to find the entire restaurant filled with arguiles, even in sections of the restaurant without windows to open. A friend noted as we exited the door: it felt like shisha cafe for a moment there.

 

Ironically, this is the sign they had at their main door:

As soon as I left, I called 1735 and reported the place. They took my contact info and said they’ll look into it. But as I was made to realize: infringing the law this obviously in an area where tourism police is constantly on the prowl, seeing it was a Friday night, means 3enab probably has some under the table dealings with those making sure the law is carried out. Anything for that extra arguile revenue.

I’m pretty sure those against the smoking ban are elated right now.

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14 thoughts on “Lebanese Restaurants Violating The Smoking Ban: 3enab, Gemmayze

  1. Thank you for writing about this, I find it outrageous that this is happening, I’m also glad you called the number to complain, the same thing happened to me last week at Feb.30, the guy gave me the bullshit story about his crappy windows, I told them they were full of shit, that I will report them, and I LEFT, non smokers and people with a conscience have to complain and leave the establishment. Basically, this says, we are a bunch of losers, bullshitters, despicable people. As for men and their cigars, I guess Lebanese men, have to compensate for their little weiners, so they pull out a big fat cigar… Freud called it Penis envy. I hope they all rot, as this is a rotten society, filled with little, hairy, angry men, with cigar envy.

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    • Disagree with the last part – I mean, it’s irrelevant to the discussion. But I do agree that non-smokers should unite in telling restaurants exactly what they feel.

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  2. I support your publishing this.I have been to more than few restaurants and club,for whom
    the antismoking law is inexistable.

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