By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — Cloud Nine Hookah Lounge is planning to make its return this summer with a bigger space and food for customers to enjoy along with hookah.
Dearborn resident Hussein Dabajeh, 29, owner of the hookah lounge, had been scouting for a new location for the lounge since the lease ended on the former location in 2014.
The building on Warren and Beech Daly was sold and transformed into the current Papaya Fruit Market.
Cloud Nine originally opened its doors in 2008, and the new location on Telegraph and George Street is currently under construction.
“This is a building I wanted and I was finally able to obtain it last year,” Dabajeh said. “I always wanted to reopen the lounge and the new location is the perfect placement for it.”
The building was closed in 2012 after KFC shut down and has been vacant ever since.
The new space has a total of 4,200 square feet with 3,000 square feet of seating area in comparison to 1,600 square feet and 1,000 square feet, respectively, in the former location.
“We have an interior designer creating a plan for the new lounge,” Dabajeh said. “It’s not just another hookah lounge. People are really going to enjoy it.”
Work on the stand-alone building features its own parking lot and no neighbors behind the location. An outdoor seating area is planned facing Telegraph Road.
Next door the the lounge will be a Middle Eastern restaurant owned by Dearborn Heights resident Sam Sabbagh. Food will be made in the restaurant and delivered to customers at the lounge.
The lounge will feature the same hookah options as the former venue including mint, double apple, Gummi bear flavor and Irish peach flavor along with orange heads.
Dabajeh said he had the idea for the hookah lounge and its name back when he was sophomore in high school.
“The community has treated me so well and I have made a lot of friends through the business,” he said. “It was important to reopen the lounge because this is something I always knew I wanted to do.”
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)