Sometime this fall, "hopefully in September", Heart of Lebanon will open at 1907 East Passyunk Avenue inside an old appliance repair shop.
After spending 13 years as a chef in the U.K., Lebanon-born Youssef Masri will join the East Passyunk ranks with a "proper Lebanese restaurant", meaning full-service, traditional Lebanese cooking. His menu will feature all of the staples of a Middle Eastern restaurant: dips, salads, wraps, and platters, in addition to more nuanced items like braised lamb shank and charbroiled kebabs.
Oh, and Masri promises belly dancing, too.
He and his brother Rabih (who owns the barber shop across the street) just started construction this week; stay tuned for updates.