A fast-food restaurant in Beirut’s war-torn southern suburb has hit upon an explosive way to attract customers.
Buns and Guns is made out to look like a military post and diners eat to the sound of gunfire instead of muzak.
Owner Yousef Ibrahim presents rebranded Lebanese favourites like the “rocket-propelled grenade” (chicken on a skewer) and “terrorist bread”.
“They accuse us of terrorism, so let’s serve terrorist bread, why not?” Mr Ibrahim said.
Other dishes include the Kalashnikov, Dragunov, Viper, B52, while realistic-looking weapons and ammunition decorate the counters, and camouflage netting hangs from the ceiling.
Buns and Guns (motto: A sandwich can kill you) is located in a strongly Hezbollah-supporting area, where the group’s militia is lionised by many. “My goal was to make people laugh before they ask me why weapons. The important thing is that they laugh,” Mr Ibrahim said.