Casual Lebanese chain opening first North American location in Vancouver


Wraps from Zaatar W Zeit. Photo via @zaatarwzeit/Instagram

It’s been about two years in the works, but the casual Lebanese chain Zaatar W Zeit is finally getting ready to open their first North American location here in Vancouver.

The Lebanon-based Middle Eastern franchised eatery has been planning to make their move into the Canadian market since October 2017, when the company revealed their global expansion plans.

Zaatar W Zeit will be opening at 531 Granville Street in downtown Vancouver, and will be opening their doors to the public officially on November 30, 2019.

Lebanese chain Zaatar W Zeit has been planning their move into 531 Granville Street in Vancouver since Oct. 2017. Photo via Google Street View

Founded in 1999 in Lebanon, the casual restaurant has 25 locations in their home country, and over 70 in multiple Middle Eastern nations.

The name Zataar W Zeit translates to “thyme and olive oil” which are pantry staples in Lebanese cuisine.

The menu features items like salads and wraps, manakeesh (a traditional dough with toppings), their signature “Booms” (stuffed buns), pizzas, skillets, and all-day breakfast.

This article was originally published on Oct. 7, 2019 and has since been updated with new information. 

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom