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Commercial developer, serial gastropreneur and all-around tastemaker, Joey Ghazal, has worked on dozens of popular restaurant and bar concepts across two continents. Most recently Joey opened The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill, Dubai’s first homegrown New England Seaside Brasserie in JBR. Born in Montreal and raised in Dubai, Joey’s love for the restaurant business started at the young age of 18 and has endured for over 20 years. Joey has worked his way up the ranks of waiter, to General Manager, to Head of Concept Development & Marketing of the Morentzos Restaurant Group who developed over 80 restaurants since 1989.
In 2010 Joey left Montreal for his ancestral Lebanon where he developed four of his own restaurants – St. Elmo’s Seaside Brasserie, Cro Magnon Steakhouse & Bar, Brgr Co and a rock speakeasy concept called The Angry Monkey which opened as part of the Stereo Arcade nightclub in JBR. In 2014 Joey moved back to Dubai to establish The MAINE, winner of the What’s ON Awards for Best Newcomer. Over the years, Joey has managed dozens of charitable events raising well over a million dollars for numerous foundations and causes.
Joey combines the most sought after talent to create some of the most compelling and sustainable brands in the industry. His multidisciplinary approach has helped him in creating timeless and immersive experiences that always resonate with a sense of event and celebration.