By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — Blue Moon Hookah Lounge opened its doors to the public Jan. 26, occupying a once abandoned building.
Owner Dr. Alex El-Sabbagh —along with a now-former partner — was eyeing the location, 6125 N. Telegraph Road, and was able to purchase the empty building for the hookah lounge.
The building was a pizzeria, then a Kentucky Fried Chicken when it closed in 2012, before it was bought in 2015 for its transformation.
El-Sabbagh celebrated the grand opening with the hopes his lounge will spark more business openings in the city.
“I live in the city and am glad I was able to take an abandoned building, renovate it and help the community,” he said. “The location is perfect because it is in a busy area and the lounge brings a contemporary feel to the area.”
The new space has a total of 4,200 square feet with 3,000 square feet of seating area with a restaurant next door.
An interior decorator was hired for the inside design, which includes a blue theme throughout to match the name, wood floors and big screen TVs throughout.
“I wanted to create a lounge and environment where the community can come to hang out with friends and family,” El-Sabbagh said.
The Blue Moon name was conceived by El-Sabbagh’s son because they both wanted a unique name.
Food will be made at Tima’s, the Middle Eastern restaurant next door, but attached to the building, then delivered to customers at the lounge.
“I’m pleased with the opening of the lounge and restaurant,” Mayor Daniel Paletko said. “It’s a beautiful location and lounge at a great location. I am looking forward to seeing the business succeed.”
The restaurant menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner along with dessert while the hookah menu features multiple in-house and orange-head takeout flavors.
For breakfast some of the options include hummus, eggs with meat or bacon, cheese and Greek yogurt or bagels.
The lunch and dinner menus include cheese sticks, boneless chicken wings, onion rings, shrimp, meat and chicken shawarma sandwiches, cheeseburgers, fresh fries, rice and grilled vegetables.
Smoothies, soft drinks and hot drinks are also served.
A hookah menu has a double mint, guava, double apple, Gummi bear flavor and Irish peach flavor along with orange heads filled with the same flavors.
Hours at the hookah lounge are 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday to Thursday
and 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. There is an age requirement of 18 years or older to enter the lounge.
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