Haidar Barbouti is a real estate investor and has property investments all over the world including the United States. His investments include shopping centers, office buildings and commercial properties. His impact in the real estate business can be attributed to his 20 years of professional experience in the field.
One of the most iconic pieces of real estate under Haidar’s control is the Highland Village Shopping Center. Haidar bought the property in 1991 and his expertise has propelled it to high levels of success. The shopping complex boosts of some of the best retail stores including Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie and Williams-Sonoma.
The Highland Village also hosts a few restaurants. They include Smith & Wollensky, Benihana concept restaurant RA Sushi Bar, and Haidar’s very own Up restaurant. Haidar opened the restaurant with no culinary degree or even any experience in the restaurant business. He is very much involved in the daily running of the restaurant and is very passionate about food himself.
The Up restaurant runs on very different principles. Different from other restaurants, its main focus is serving real food. Haidar insists as much. The fact that restaurants focus more on decorating food than giving customers what they want, is the foundation that led to the birth of the restaurant. Haidar not only eats at the Up restaurant every day but also chooses dishes in the menu and adds changes to the recipes. He knows his way around the kitchen and is keen on maintaining the restaurant’s high standards.
Business aside, Haidar is quite the philanthropist. He has made a number of contributions to charity in terms of time and resources. He has a soft spot for animals and even donated space in Highland Village Shopping for the Highland Village Adoption Center, which is a pet donation center.