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Lebanese café SAHA has risen from the ashes and landed in a new space

After a fire closed Saha down in December 2019, owners Jinan and Abs Mehio rebuilt their beloved restaurant in a new and improved space in Maylands.

Mediterranean café SAHA is back in a new location after an electrical fire wiped out its interior in December 2019. The Maylands café had just celebrated its second birthday when the fire struck, yet owner Jinan Mehio, who owns the café with husband Abs, manages to remain positive about the situation.

“It was traumatizing when the fire happened initially, but everything happens for a reason,” she says.

“We had to go with the wind and left it up to the universe about whether a new café would happen or not.”

Luckily for the Mehio’s (and for the eager customers), the rebuilding of SAHA did happen; The delicious café is now located in a new, artistic space that the couple found through community support online. SAHA inhabits the building alongside furniture designers Mark and Emily of Ferguson George, who were regulars of SAHA.

“It’s great to be in a space and partner with creative, likeminded individuals,” Mehio says.

Now, the café doubles as an exhibition space.

“We let the space evolve and keep it fresh for the community with rotating artwork on the walls, different furniture, and a glass exhibition box out front,” she says.

While the venue is different, the menu has remained mostly unchanged from its original version. The café specialises in lamb salads, Lebanese breakfasts, and often-vegetarian Mediterranean dishes. However, they also have Aussie favourites such as haloumi burgers and smashed avo.

The menu is the same, and so is the team who makes it. The team is excited to serve the community that supported them through their hard time.

“We literally got the full team back––same kitchen staff, same front of house,” Mehio says.

“It was community support and love that helped us, so we’re definitely excited to give that back to the community.”

Check out SAHA online here.

Find SAHA at 215 Magill Road, Maylands.

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