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From Beirut to Boston: the Lebanese Diaspora finds success

“They now have upwards of 150 employees and produce up to 30 events a week”

Boston, Massachusetts is known for its historical significance in the American Revolution, along with championship sports teams, world-renowned universities, walking-centric city design, and a beautiful skyline and location. Cambridge, Massachusetts is right across the Charles River and encompasses a good-sized chunk of the Boston area – it champions an even more liberal and progressive attitude, hosts Harvard University and MIT, and contains some of Boston’s best music venues, bars, museums and arts institutions. Cambridge is also the HOME of two very passionate and successful Lebanese businessmen that operate in very different worlds.

Joseph and Nabil Sater purchased the Middle East Restaurant in Cambridge’s Central Square in 1975 from previous Lebanese owners. The restaurant operated successfully for years and included some live entertainment, including Arab-language bands and orchestras, oud players, line dancing and belly dancers, plus live blues and jazz music. In 1987, a local rock promoter asked to book a rock show there and a new history began. The Saters went on to buy the bowling alley below them, which became the Downstairs,

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