things in his life so far: completing his education, becoming an officer in the army, moving to the United States to work in both sales and insurance, and managing the That Lebanese Place food truck. Yet, Elie’s dreams were always centered on the idea of owning a restaurant—one that offered the highest quality of food, hospitality, and a true Lebanese experience. From food truck to restaurant, Elie has been living out this dream for many years now.

Each meal served at That Lebanese Place has been directly inspired by his culture and recreated from his mother’s recipes, and it must pass the “it tastes like mom’s” inspection before leaving the kitchen and being placed before you.

If you want to be inspired by Middle Eastern culture, become friends with the chef, or just want a delicious, freshly prepared meal, come to That Lebanese Place and meet the person behind it all, Elie.

Meet the owner, EliE

Passion, love, customer service; the three things Elie Ghanem has brought to Springfield through delicious, Middle Eastern cuisine at That Lebanese Place.

Born in 1969 in Lebanon, Elie was one of two children. Since That Lebanese Place’s opening, he has worked hard to incorporate every aspect of the Lebanese culture he has known all his life into his restaurant. Being the chef is not the only role he’s carried. Elie has accomplished many

"I come here every morning just for the coffee. It's a unique flavor that I can't find anywhere else."

                                -Joe Smith

"All of the dishes are prepared fresh and with fresh meats and veggies. Everything is so good I can't even pick a favorite."

                                -Susan & Bob

"Not since I came to the U.S. have I experienced such exquisite Middle Eastern food. It's like being back home in my favorite cafe."

                              -Al Mohammad

"I discovered That Lebanese Place one afternoon on my way home from classes. And, oh, what a great find! The food is delicious, and the service is great. I recommend you try the gyros."

                                -Sasha Owens

What Our Customers Are Saying


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Serving up fresh, healthy, traditional Lebanese food and creating an inviting atmosphere for the Springfield community to enjoy.

When you come in, our great staff will welcome you, and you’ll be able to enjoy the full experience That Lebanese Place offers. The social experience is not found only in the restaurant—if you are hosting an event, call us to set up catering. Many options are available to help you enhance your event.

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