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Lebanese, Brazilian and hyphenated iterations of the two have enjoyed authentic Levantine fare at the eatery, located just off Rio de Janeiro's Copa Cabana Beach since 2001 when owner Nicolas Haber set up shop.Haber is one of several million Lebanese and their descendants living in Brazil. In Rio, however, a smaller but well-established Lebanese community has woven itself into the city's dense social fabric.Most would have disembarked at the port of Rio, which was the capital city at the time.With the community's upward mobility religious establishments, charitable institutions and Lebanese social clubs were erected in Rio.Until the late 1990s, Elias said he ran an Arabic language and culture program for Lebanese in Rio, but closed down when other business projects arose.If the Sao Paulo Lebanese community is known for its conspicuity and clout, some Lebanese in Rio are proud to blend into the cultural medley of their city.
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