After a year, a Eugene restaurateur is closing his Lebanese restaurant downtown. Dalia could close as soon as Friday or by the end of May.
Ibrahim Hamide took over Zenon Café at the corner of East Broadway and Pearl in 2009. He decided to bring the food of his native Lebanon to the site and opened Dalia there a year ago. He says it's been a difficult year for a new restaurant, with rough winter weather and construction. Then the landlord raised the rent--effective June 1st.
Hamide: "The numbers were getting better and things were getting healthier. We just couldn’t really continue operating with the increase in rent that we're about to get."
Hamide still runs café Soriah, which he says is doing well. He says it's not out of the question that he will try again with a Lebanese restaurant in the future. Dalia is currently on the auction block and Hamide says if he gets a good offer, he'll turn over the keys right away. Otherwise, he'll keep Dalia open until the end of the month.