It's fitting that Byblos is moving into the late-night space — one of its owners, Charles Khabouth, is a nightlife impresario based out of Toronto. Indeed, the first Byblos opened in Toronto more than two years ago to great acclaim. Canada's National Post in 2014 declared Khabouth and his business partner, hospitality expert Hanif Harji, the "kings of Toronto's dining scene."
What's more, since Byblos opened in Miami last summer at the James Royal Palm, the eatery has distinguished itself with a unique and extensive cocktail menu. A favorite is the lively Gulab, which pairs Absolut Elyx vodka with pomegranate syrup, fresh lemon, and
“We added a third dimension to Byblos that will enthrall guests with lively entertainment, delicious cocktails, and, of course, the Byblos menu that Miami has come to love,” Khabouth says. “The lounge will offer a new nightlife experience for Miami.”
Byblos' lounge will offer some bites from the regular dinner menu, although the exact dishes are still being finalized. Some popular dinner items include the lamb ribs, duck kibbeh, and sweet jeweled rice, otherwise known as Persian wedding rice, owing to its popularity at traditional nuptials.
During the opening party, waiters passed around signature cocktails and cups of Turkish Delight to a crowded room filled with glamorous guests. Unlike the restaurant, with its bright hues and graphic-print accents, the lounge is
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