I called Frank Abdnour, a full-blooded Lebanese who recently sold his Spotted Cow ice cream restaurant. When he picked up the phone, he was making kibbeh with his mother, Frieda, who at age 98 was running him ragged.”She works me like a rented mule,” said Abdnour, 58.Though the Spotted Cow didn’t sell beer, Abdnour and his social posse are known to have a beverage now and then. After we chatted, he called around to his Lebanese pals but couldn’t find one who’d recalled seeing a Lebanese beer lately in Peoria.
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It was 2006 and Mazen Hajjar, a former investment banker and airline CEO, was fed up with being disappointed by the beer available in Lebanon. He decided he had two options. “I either had to give up drinking beer or … read more
In 2013, Haddad left a career in marketing for Adidas at the company’s Middle East headquarters, returned home, sold his car and boat, and took out a loan to open Colonel. “All my life I wanted to live in Batroun, … read more
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