Arz al-Lubnan Hookah Bar is managed by the husband and wife team of Sayed and Yasmine Batroun, Lebanese-American residents of Trendytown who have developed the concept for the store after working in hookah lounges while overseas.
Sayed Batroun will manage store operations and train wait and kitchen staff. He has culinary experience with ten years as a cook. He will handle procurement and inventory management. He will also work as head cook during initial operations.
Yasmine Batroun will manage marketing, business development, and finance. She has an MBA and corporate experience as a marketing associate for a Fortune 500 business. She will oversee accounting and bookkeeping. She will provide general management in the restaurant as needed, including management of events.
In the second year of operation a general manager will be hired to take over staff supervision, staff training, procurement and inventory management. Sayed Batroun will continue to serve as head cook but will work on a more strategic level in other areas.
Additional staff will include kitchen staff and wait staff.
Staff will include two bartenders, two wait staff, and one kitchen staff initially. This will grow to four bartenders, six wait staff and three kitchen staff. Wages for bartenders and wait staff are lower as they are significantly augmented by tips. These personnel assumptions are based on the bar being open 80 hours per week.