In 1983, following the mass exodus of rural Lebanese to the city, a group of ladies from Sin El Fil under the initiative of Ms. Antoinette Kazan decided to offer meals to these displaced persons. They converted a classroom into a restaurant called «Ahlan Wa Sahlan» which provided daily meals to 500 elderly people from precarious socio-economic backgrounds, and weekly meals to 800 children of needy families.
In 1988, an official Organization is established under the name of «Les Amis des Restaurants du Coeur», commonly known as «Les Restaurants du Coeur» (registered at the Ministry of Interior under the number 187) and recognized as being of public utility in 2014. It was founded by President Charles Helou and Mr. Michel Eddé became its President from 2000 to 2019.
« Les Restaurants du Cœur »’s mission is to provide food support to those in need, to share meals with them, to give a ray of sunshine, a glimmer of hope to the elderly and to allow them to live in dignity.
With the help of volunteers and donors, the Organization is able to fulfill its mission, therefore offering meals to the people in need and give out food packages and medicine to the needy families.
Thanks to the commitment and dedication of its members and volunteers, multiple restaurants opened over the years across all of Lebanon, assisting precarious members of all regions and communities.