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When he launched Open Sesame, Ali Kabeissi sought to bring Lebanese cuisine to Long Beach, such as restaurant's kibbi appetizer dish, made with ground beef, spices and bulgur.

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After escaping warn-torn Beirut in 1988, Ali Kobeissi yearned to conjure the aroma and the flavors of Lebanese cuisine at his new home in Long Beach.

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