Opening a cafe with working magicians in Dubai

Diners will be able to order a sandwich and coffee with a magical twist when the Brown Bear Magic Cafe opens in Dubai this year.

The folks behind Brown Bear, the region’s largest online magic shop, have decided to branch out with a cafe in Jumeirah Road, where the staff are all practicing magicians.

Brown Bear Magic Shop opened in Dubai in 2020 and sells accessories and essentials for performing tricks, leather-bound items and books.

“We are pretty much the only magic shop in the region and this year we will open a small cafe and shop at Jumeirah 1,” said founder Dmitry Kostyaev. The Nationalbefore wishing us a “magical day ahead”.

“We hope to create a small, intimate place where people can experience a cozy atmosphere and see close-up magic and illusion for themselves, paired with quality artisan coffee and great food.”

Cafe interiors are moody, with dark wood finishes and red brick walls lined with bookshelves. Chandeliers hang from the ceilings to provide dim lighting to maintain the mysterious vibe.

Customers will be able to order artisan coffee from local roaster Raw Coffee Company, as well as a selection of salads, wraps and sandwiches.

The staff will dazzle guests with their tricks and illusions, while the shop will also offer puzzles and brain teasers for budding magicians.

The new venue will be based at the Village Mall and doors are set to open in September, with a grand opening scheduled for October.

Restaurant boom in Dubai and a plethora of “firsts”

It is one of many new food and drink outlets to open in Dubai over the coming months as restaurant business booms in the emirate.

More recently, Dusit Thani Dubai announced the opening of the city’s ‘first alcohol-free bar’, NoLo, which is a portmanteau of the phrases ‘alcohol-free’ and ‘few worries’. The venue opened on the 24th floor of the hotel, replacing the trendy Another Bar, and aims to cater to “conscious and health-conscious drinkers”.

On the menu, classics, as well as a few signature blends, but all “zero-proof” or without a trace of alcohol. This includes drinks such as Lavender Royal Bee Lap, Immune Highball, Old Fashioned Smoked Honeycomb, Sicilian Spritz, and Spiced Date Espresso Martini. All drinks are made with products from Lyre’s, the British brand known for its classic non-alcoholic spirits and wines.

Scroll through the gallery below to see photos from NoLo.

The UAE’s “first Ukrainian foodservice restaurant” will also open in Dubai in September, at The Pointe on Palm Jumeirah.

Although you can find the odd bowl of borscht in Russian-Uzbek places around Dubai, there is no dedicated Ukrainian restaurant serving the country’s national dish.

Yoy will specialize in dishes created using fire cooking techniques – think smoking, roasting, broiling and flame frying.

Executive Chef Pavlo Moroz will lead an open kitchen centered around a pitcher. This wood-fired oven is considered the heart of a traditional Ukrainian home and is typically used to keep warm and cook hearty meals with a smoky flavor.

Updated: July 31, 2022, 2:31 p.m.

Brian L. Hartfield