On January 1, 1980, Rabih “Rick” Hamed arrived in the United States from Jerusalem. He came from an area rich in culinary history! His love for the Midwest brought him to St. Louis where he opened his first restaurant, a gyro restaurant in the Welston Loop. Since then, Rick has opened several successful restaurants and bars around the St. Louis areas. On June 1, of 2015, Rick opened Friends Bar and Grill in Bridgeton. His desire was to open a great restaurant that would deliver huge servings of delicious meals and to provide entertainment and fun for everyone. He moved his family to Bridgeton in late 2016.