The 2000s were a bittersweet decade for the eateries on Hamra's main street, with the closure of some well known restaurant-cafes such as Wimpy, Modca
, Cafe De Paris and Horseshoe Cafe, which had survived the Civil War only to find that the number of their customers had dwindled and it was no longer financially viable to stay open.
Both the Modca
and Wimpy Cafes have become outlets of the high-end clothing franchise Vero Moda.
L'Express, which was recently brought back to life, was tailored to the more affluent; the Horseshoe was a meeting place for poets and thinkers; Modca
catered toAa independent intellectuals; across the street Wimpy served artists and stars like Lebanese diva Fairouz; and at Strand, a cafe then part of a larger cinema complex, you could spot moviegoers discussing the latest in theater and cinema.