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Perched on a cliff with stunning views over the harbor at Jounieh is La Creperie, recently reopened after a three-year renovation.The historic, cream-colored Lebanese stone house was built back in 1800, the home of the Khazen family. In 1968 they turned that home into a restaurant and for 45 years La Creperie was a landmark of the Jounieh bay; the place to celebrate family occasions, enjoy your first date, get engaged – the restaurant was even kept open throughout the war. Keeping La Creperie in the family was one way to ensure the venue's past was respected."This house is a landmark in the area of Jounieh, so when we started working on it there was a big debate," Safi el-Khazen says.He set about removing all of the building editions from the 1970s and 1980s, stripping the house back to its 19th-century roots. Sari el-Khazen worked on three main areas, Les Caves, Les Jardins and La Creperie. This, Sari el-Khazen explains, was part of the kitchen originally.The CEO has sunk a large amount of money into the restoration, but remains positive about the returns.His brother Sari casts an equally optimistic light.
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