As early as 2008, more than twenty pubs were closed in jams after more than 100 angry residents blocked the main street in protest of the hijacking of parking lots and pubs that broke the law and ignored the closing hours. Lebanon’s tourism minister then sided with the locals and it was a matter of time before Jamais would no longer become a nightlife venue (blame also the outrageous rent increases).
Fast forward to 2017, the residents of Mar Mikhail are simple Signed a petition And referred it to the governor of Beirut asking him to punish illegal pubs and stop this fiasco. To be honest, they have every right to complain because it was a residential area that was “kidnapped” by pubs and restaurants. Needless to say, most of these pubs obey the rules but there are many that do not. Just imagine what the locals are going through with all the noise, traffic, drunk people on the street, etc.
The real problem is that the authorities, as usual, realized that there was a problem when it was already too late. When you let the parking service companies snatch all the parking lots and when you do not arrange for new pubs to open, you end up in the mess we are in right now.
I love Mar Mikhail but I have avoided it as much as possible in the last year because of the service and traffic. Add to that the smell of horrible garbage and dirty sidewalks. Let’s hope it does not end like Jamais did. All you have to do is close illegal pubs and fly the serving bakeries out. Oh and please clean these damn streets and remove the trash cans located in the heart of Mar Mikhail.