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Brighton Gourmet and Cellar store opens in Oak Square selling gourmet food, fine wine, craft beer

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  July 23, 2013 01:01 PM

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A retail store selling gourmet food and fine wine, spirits and craft beer has opened in Oak Square.

Brighton Gourmet and Cellar at 569 Washington St. held a grand opening in late June.

(To see other recent business changes in Allston and Brighton, click here.)

The store moved into a space that formerly housed used music, movie and book store Diskovery, which shuttered about a year ago after a 32-year run in Allston-Brighton.

Victor Barakat, 32, told last year that he and his younger sister, Rita Barakat, planned to co-manage the new business. The property’s landlord is Barakat’s uncle, David C. Khoury, who along with other relatives has owned and run Foley’s Liquors in Brookline since he opened it in 1986.

That family business is where Barakat said he and his sister learned about retailing.

David Khoury and his brother Nadim C. Khoury co-founded and run the Taybeh Brewing Company located in the West Bank village of Taybeh, Palestine, where the Khoury family hails from. The brewery, founded in the mid-1990s, was the first microbrewery in Palestine, the Globe reported shortly after its opening.

“We know a lot about the relationship between drinks and food,” Victor Barakat said in a phone interview last May. “We’re trying to sell a lot of the items that you have to leave Brighton in order to get. Why not have it locally for the community here to go to.”

To read more from Barakat’s interview last year, click here.

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