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Commercial property success for Birchall Blackburn Law conveyancers as Egyptian bar & ‘mezzah’ prepares to open in Southport

 Commercial property success for Birchall Blackburn Law conveyancers, Tony CoatesA new Egyptian bar serving traditional ‘mezzah’ food is set to open in Lord Street later this summer creating around 20 new jobs.

Ra, named after the ancient Egyptian sun god, is being launched by entrepreneur Fadi Thomas who moved to Southport four years ago after two decades running his own Nile cruises business and several five-star hotels in his native Egypt.

The venue will serve a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including cocktails. The cuisine will be focused on hot and cold platters of mezzah, a Persian word for a selection of smaller dishes served with alcohol, popular throughout the Mediterranean, Greece and North Africa.

Fadi is in the process of transforming two empty units, the former Tea Rose café and Geek Pit collectibles shop, and converting them into one. The commercial property team at local law firm Birchall Blackburn Law has advised Fadi on the property transaction.

Fadi, who met his wife Jennifer from Southport 15 years ago, said: “Ra is for those who want to come and enjoy a relaxed environment and have a fun time with their family and friends. It’s going to be a place where people can sit down, talk and enjoy good food and drink together.”

Tony Coates of Birchall Blackburn Law and Fadi welcome new Egyptian restaurant, Ra, to Lord Street

Tony Coates, head of the commercial property team at Birchall Blackburn Law, said: “It’s great to see these two empty units being brought back into use in such an imaginative way. It’s another major boost for Lord Street and the wider area. Fadi’s heritage and background in running hotels in Egypt means that he can offer an authentic experience to customers.”

Fadi, 41, added: “We’ve invested a lot of money in the property, working with Liverpool architects Condy Lofthouse. They have done a wonderful job on the design and the inside has been completely changed. We’re offering something different and I hope the people of Southport will love it.”

Birchall Blackburn Law has a five-strong commercial property team based in Southport, advising business owners, landlords, investors and funders on commercial property matters.


Pictured outside the new bar and restaurant with Fadi Thomas is Tony Coates, head of the commercial property team at Birchall Blackburn Law.